Newport in Newport County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
Newport Harbor has been a center of commerce and industry since the days Narragansetts and Wampanoags, Native Americans, fished the waters of this bay. The first European explorer was Giovanni da Verranzzano, an Italian who sailed for the King of France from 1524-1538 and anchored in Newport Harbor for 15 days. In colonial times, Newport was one of the five major ports and the harbor saw activity in the triangle trade of rum-slaves-molasses, as well as fishing, whaling, and shipbuilding. Today, the rich traditions of shipbuilding, fishing, and lobstering continue, side by side with a bustling scene of tourism and commercial and pleasure boating.
The site on which stands Fort Adams, usually visible on the horizon to your left, has been of strategic importance in defending Newport Harbor since colonial days. From 1776 through 1779 is served as the campsite for British troops occupying the city of Newport and the staging area for the British advance in the Battle of Rhode Island in 1778. The first American fort on the site was completed in 1799 and named in honor of President John Adams. Designed by French military engineer Simon Bernard and American military architect Joseph Totten, construction on the present fort began in the 1800s. It was built by stonemason Alexander MacGregor and crews of Irish and Scottish
Ida Lewis Yacht Club
Beyond the public beach and the stone pier stands the Ida Lewis Yacht Club. Ida Lewis, born on February 25, 1842, was the daughter of the Lime Rock lightkeeper and took over his duties when he suffered a stroke. Congress appointed Ida Lewis the official lighthouse keeper in 1879, one of the first women keepers in the United States. She became nationally famous for her skill
Just beyond the Ida Lewis Yacht Club, the road curves sharply to the left at the former John Nicholas Brown estate. The estate is now owned by the New York Yacht Club, and their flag is just barely visible from this vantage point.
Count de Rochambeau
In the summer of 1780, after the British withdrawal, a large French force of five regiments and support troops, led by General Rochambeau, landed in Newport. General George Washington met with Rochambeau in Newport to discuss the strategy to end the war. Subsequent events involving General Rochambeau are outlined on the plaque at the base of the statue.
The Newport Bridge
Connecting Newport and Jamestown, the bridge was completed in 1969 and relieved Newport’s
The bridge was renamed the Pell Bridge in 1992 to honor Senator Claiborne Pell. Sunset views of this beautiful bridge delight visitors and photographers alike.
The area to the far right is the former site of the Newport Gas Light Company, which operated a coal gasification utility plant from 1905 until the 1950s when the plant was abandoned. Coal was shipped to Coddington Wharf, unloaded, and moved to the gas plant. The southern end of Thames Street in the then Fifth Ward was home to many Irish workers who lived in the row houses built by the gas company. Generations of Newporters remember the smell and soot which permeated the area. A timeshare resort, hotel, and shops now occupy the site. Coddington Wharf, to the north, contains a lovely pocket park maintained by the Friends of the Waterfront and the Friends of Coddington Wharf. The park is part
Visitors are welcome to enjoy the walk from the stone pier to Coddington Wharf and to join the countless generations who have explored and experienced the fascination of this historic harbor.
Erected by Friends of the Waterfront.
Location. 41° 28.572′ N, 71° 19.303′ W. Marker is in Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport County. Marker is at the intersection of Wellington Avenue and Columbus Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Wellington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located in Kings Park. Marker is in this post office area: Newport RI 02840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Memorial to the French Fleet (within shouting distance of this marker); Rochambeau (within shouting distance of this marker); J. Joseph M. Martin (approx. half a mile away); The Elms & Its Neighbors: The Battle for Historic Preservation (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Isaac Bell House & Its Neighbors: Progressive Architecture (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old St. Mary’s Church Fort Adams (approx. ľ mile away); a different marker also named Fort Adams (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
More about this marker. Many photographs of people and events relating to Newport Harbor appear along the top of the marker. A map of the area can be found at the marker’s lower right.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 593 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.