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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Newport, Rhode Island

 
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1Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — A Giant Among Forts
Imagine this twenty acre fort filled to capacity: 2,400 soldiers here to defend Newport with 468 cannon sited along the most probable attack routes. Though designed to house an imposing force, Fort Adams was normally garrisoned with several . . . Map (db m48125) HM
2Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Alexander Jack Jr. Housec.1811 — NRF Founded by Doris Duke 1968 —
This Property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m66358) HM
3Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Bay Islands Park
The Bay Islands Park, managed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, consists of nine sites that extend from Patience Island in the upper bay to Beavertail and Brenton Point overlooking Rhode Island Sound. Each of the nine . . . Map (db m48451) HM
4Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Between the Wars
Fort Adams . . . often was dubbed the country club of the army, especially by those officers and enlisted men who were assigned to it after duty in foreign areas. And its peacetime background was dotted with stories of high society and . . . Map (db m48233) HM
5Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Boats of the Bay
1.   Ferry Increasing numbers of Rhode Islanders board cruise boats and ferries to get out of the Bay. These ferries are reminiscent of the pleasure steamboats that were so common on Narragansett Bay one hundred years ago. 2.   Fast . . . Map (db m56460) HM
6Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Brenton Point Maritime Memorial
In Honor of Ernest Coggeshall, Jr. 9/2/15 – 4/27/95 Capt. Joseph X. “Jay” O’Brien, Jr. 4/21/54 – 12/16/90 Dad, Mom and Family [ Right Side of Monument : ] James Wah Gin Wong 1918 – 1993 Stephen Joseph . . . Map (db m48922) HM
7Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Brenton Point State Park
Governor Philip W. Noel Lt. Governor J. Joseph Garrahy Director Dennis J. Murphy, Jr. Sen. Erich A. O’D. Taylor, President Sen. Robert J. McKenna Mayor Humphrey J. Donnelly, III Committee Chairman James Thomson Douglas Agnes R. Curtis . . . Map (db m48973) HM
8Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Buffum-Redwood Housec. 1700 enlarged 1740 — NRF Founded by Doris Duke 1968 —
This Property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m66364) HM
9Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Building a Fortress
U.S. army officer, Joseph G. Totten superintended the construction of Fort Adams beginning in 1825. He oversaw all details of construction until 1838, when he was appointed as the first Chief Engineer of the newly created Army Corps of Engineers. [ . . . Map (db m48181) HM
10Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Buliod-Perry Housec. 1750
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m48689) HM
11Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Cap't George Buckmaster Housec. 1768 — NRF Founded by Doris Duke 1968 —
This Property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m66356) HM
12Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Captain John Warren HouseBuilt 1737
French Navy Artillery Headquarters   1780 - 1781Map (db m48098) HM
13Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Changing Role of the Fort
The late 19th century saw revolutionary changes in both weapons and strategies of defense. Steam powered ships with high velocity naval guns could now bring the walls down and rendered forts obsolete. To remedy the risk, Fort Adams expanded outside . . . Map (db m48230) HM
14Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Chateau-sur-Mer & Its Neighbors: A Victorian District Preserved
The buildings surrounding Chateau-sur-Mer capture the spirit of Newport in the High Victorian era. This block preserves one of the greatest concentrations of Victorian architecture and landscape design in Newport from the period 1850 to 1890. The . . . Map (db m48609) HM
15Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Cliff WalkDeveloped by estate owners during Newport’s Gilded Age, 1880-1920 — Designated National Historic Walking Trail 1976 —
. . . Map (db m115157) HM
16Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Cliff Walk
Shore Restoration and Protection Newport, Rhode Island 1984-1985 Funded by the National Park Service- Land and Water Conservation Fund, The State of Rhode Island and The City of Newport Patrick G. Kirby, Mayor City Council Members . . . Map (db m115160) HM
17Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Defending From Land Assault
Think about how difficult a land attack against Fort Adams would be. First, you would have to capture the Redoubt, located a quarter mile to the south. You would then have to charge up the sloping glacis to the Southern front. Finally, you would . . . Map (db m48138) HM
18Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Defending Narragansett Bay
During the 19th century, Newport was the only deep water harbor between New York and Boston which could serve as a base for a large fleet of warships. Fort Adams was located at a crucial point where it could prevent the entry of enemy warships into . . . Map (db m48129) HM
19Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Defending Narragansett Bay
During the 19th century, Newport was the only deep water harbor between New York and Boston which could serve as a base for a large fleet of warships. Fort Adams was located at a crucial point where it could prevent the entry of enemy warships into . . . Map (db m48235) HM
20Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Eisenhower Park
Named in honor of Dwight D. Eisenhower President of the United States 1953 – 1961 Dedicated   22 July 1960Map (db m48969) HM
21Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Elisha Johnson Housec. 1750
This Property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m66366) HM
22Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — EqyptAir Flight 990 Memorial
In loving memory of the 217 family members and friends lost on EqyptAir Flight 990 ca 60 miles south of Nantucket Island October 31, 1999 ♦   ♦   ♦ May God’s eternal light shine on them ♦   ♦   ♦ “They are . . . Map (db m48925) HM
23Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Erich A. O’D. Taylor
Statesman ~ Legislator Teacher   ~   Patriot 1st Chairman – Fort Adams Foundation May 18, 1972 A dynamic force for the preservation of Fort Adams with a determination as unyielding as this granite block.Map (db m48444) HM
24Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Fort Adams
History you can Touch Explore the casemates where the big guns once roared. Discover how 8 soldiers worked together to load and fire each cannon. Step into the quarters where the soldiers and their families lived. Ascend to the scenic . . . Map (db m48249) HM
25Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Fort Adams
History you can Touch Explore the casemates where the big guns once roared. Discover how 8 soldiers worked together to load and fire each cannon. Step into the quarters where the soldiers and their families lived. Ascend to the scenic . . . Map (db m48276) HM
26Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Fort Adams
History you can Touch Explore the casemates where the big guns once roared. Discover how 8 soldiers worked together to load and fire each cannon. Step into the quarters where the soldiers and their families lived. Ascend to the scenic . . . Map (db m48284) HM
27Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Fort Adams Foundation
To honor the members of the Fort Adams Foundation May 4, 1976 Governor Philip W. Noel Lt. Governor J. Joseph Garrahy Director Dennis J. Murphy, Jr. George E. Howarth, 1st Commandant Sen. Erich A. O’D. Taylor, President Sen. Robert J. McKenna Rep. . . . Map (db m48971) HM
28Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Gideon Cornell Housec. 1765 — NRF Founded by Doris Duke 1965 —
This Property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m66355) HM
29Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Going Great Guns
Picture this space in action as gun crews drilled in live fire exercises – the booming noise of cannon, the thick smoke, the smell of burnt powder, and the shouting of commands. This casemate, a chamber with openings for cannons, could house . . . Map (db m48333) HM
30Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Great Friends Meeting House
In 1639, Helen and Nicholas Easton, John Clarke, William Coddington and others left Portsmouth, the settlement founded in 1638 by Anne Hutchinson and others on the northern end of Aquidneck Island. They came south and founded Newport. Newport’s . . . Map (db m48498) HM
31Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Hunter House
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States U.S. . . . Map (db m48093) HM
32Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — J. Joseph M. Martin
In Memory Of J. Joseph M. Martin 1874 - 1933 Veteran of Spanish - American War Company F. 1st Rhode Island U.S. Volunteer Infantry Member Of 1901 - Common Council - 1907 1907 - Representative Council - 1916 1917 - Board of . . . Map (db m88700) HM WM
33Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — James Nicholl HouseCirca 1750
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places The James Nicoll House c. 1750 by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m48687) HM
34Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — John Adams1735 – 1826
Second President of the United States in whose honor this Fort was named. July 4th, 1799Map (db m48085) HM
35Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Jonathan Gibbs Housec. 1771 — NRF Founded by Doris Duke 1968 —
This Property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m66361) HM
36Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Life in Fort Adams
I did not have far or long to look, because, being the junior officer of the garrison I could displace no other, and besides, there was but one casemate available for me to choose from . . .   A good sweeping and a little glazing of broken . . . Map (db m48130) HM
37Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Maj. Gen. Isaac Ingalls Stevens
In memory of Maj. Gen. Isaac Ingalls Stevens Born in Andover, Mass. Who gave to the service of his country a quick and comprehensive mind, a warm and generous heart, a firm will and a strong arm, and who fell while rallying his command with the flag . . . Map (db m48625) HM
38Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Mary Ferrazzali Park
Mary Ferrazzoli (1928-1994) was the visionary leader who founded the Friends of the Waterfront in 1982. She vigorously championed public access and stood firmly opposed to the commercial overdevelopment of the Newport waterfront blocking public . . . Map (db m59981) HM
39Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Memorial to the French Fleet
[ South side : ] Near this spot the French army of 6000 men led by General Rochambeau our allies in the War for Independence first set foot upon American soil July XIII 1780 [ East side : ] I welcome the news of your arrival A . . . Map (db m49054) HM
40Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Militia Commonc. 1700
This piece of land was given to the town of Newport by Major Nathaniel Sheffield and Mr. Daniel Thurston as common land to be used as a mustering place for the militia. This marker dedicated by the Artillery Company of Newport on their 250th year . . . Map (db m48096) HM
41Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Missing at Sea May 7, 2007
Capt. Trey Topping July 25, 1967 Capt. Jason Franks February 10, 1973 Christine Grinavic January 21, 1981 Rhiannon Borisoff July 26, 1984 Now they are sailing alongside their God with fair winds, following seas, and the warm sun shining on their . . . Map (db m48617) HM
42Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Newport Casino / International Tennis Hall of Fame
You are standing at the entrance to the Newport Casino, a National Historic Landmark that now houses the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The Casino was built in 1880 as a social club for Newport's wealthy summer residents. The name of the . . . Map (db m115200) HM
43Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Newport Harbor
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 . . . Map (db m48244) HM
44Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Newport Historic District
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States U.S. . . . Map (db m48092) HM
45Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Old St. Mary’s Church
Church of the Holy Name-Mary our Lady of the Isle-Oldest Catholic Parish-Rhode Island 1828. President John F. Kennedy was married-this church 1953.Map (db m105286) HM
46Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Old State House
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States U.S. . . . Map (db m48091) HM
47Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Oliver Hazard Perry
At the age of twenty seven years he achieved the Victory of Lake Erie September 10, 1816 [ Right of Monument : ] Born in South Kingstown, R.I. August 23, 1785 Died at Port Spain, Trinidad August 23, 1819 Aged 34 years [ Back of . . . Map (db m48630) HM
48Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Perry
[ Back of Monument : ] “We have met the enemy and they are ours” Sept. 10th, 1813.Map (db m48500) WM
49Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Portuguese Navigators Monument
“This monument is a gift to the people of the United States of America, from the Rhode Island General Assembly in conjunction with the National Committee of the Commemorations of the Discoveries of Portugal and commissioned under the . . . Map (db m48088) HM
50Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Portuguese Navigators: Pioneers in Maritime Exploration
The monument before you honors the Portuguese navigators of the Golden Age of Maritime Exploration, which spanned from the early 1400’s to the late 1500’s. During this era, Portugal was the forerunner in maritime exploration – both coasts of . . . Map (db m48378) HM
51Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Returning Old Glory 2001
While Fort Adams was in active service from 1842 to 1950, the United States flag flew proudly over the ramparts. When the last U.S. Army unit departed our flag was hauled down, and there was no longer a flagpole within the Fort proper. During 2001 . . . Map (db m48246) HM
52Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Rhode Island Marine Memorial
Since 1775 the United States Marines have served our nation in peace and war ------------------- Semper Fidelis These marines continue to be true to these words. Cpl. Rick R. Crudale – West Warwick • Sgt. Timothy R. Giblin – North . . . Map (db m48622) HM
53Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — RI Pilots of Brenton Reef Pilot Station
In memory of Rhode Island State licensed pilots serving the Brenton Reef Pilot Station located 4 miles due south. Capt. John J. Neary, Jr.   Serving 1955 – 1997 Capt. Walter H. Fricke   Serving 1971 – 1989 Capt. Carl T. Ohrn   Serving . . . Map (db m48988) HM
54Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Rochambeau
[ Left Marker : ]On June eighteenth, 1781, General Rochambeau left Newport with his army to join the American forces on the Hudson, and on August nineteenth, 1781, the combined armies under command of General Washington began their . . . Map (db m48054) HM
55Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Rosecliff & Its Neighbors: Fading Glamour & Modern Revival
The 1940s brought enormous change to houses on this block of Bellevue Avenue as Gilded Age glamour faded due to demolitions, fire, and acquisition of many properties for use by schools. Increasing income and real estate taxes and a changing . . . Map (db m48598) HM
56Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Rough Point & Its Neighbors: Preserved Houses
This part of Bellevue Avenue reflects the architectural variety of 19th century Newport houses, from the Gothic Revival and Second Empire French villas of the early 1850s to the Stick Style cottages of the 1870s and the Beaux Arts Classical . . . Map (db m48591) HM
57Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Rovensky Park & Its Neighbors: Open Space Preserved
Endowed with spectacular natural scenery and a gentle climate, Newport was a gardener’s paradise. This section of Bellevue Avenue reflects the rich horticultural heritage of the city and centuries of garden design, estate development, and land . . . Map (db m48616) HM
58Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — S/V MarquesLost at Sea — June 3, 1984 —
In memoriam Stuart Finlay           Susan Peterson Howell Captain                     Counselor Crew and Trainees Jan Brims • Benjamin Bryant • Aloma Finlay • Christopher Finlay • Janis Gravleis • Jack Heath • Thelma Heath • Rodney Hector • . . . Map (db m48985) HM
59Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Samuel Bours Housec. 1777 — NRF —
This Property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m66360) HM
60Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Southwest Battery
During the late 19th century the Southwest battery was the advanced position for directing fire against the enemy’s warships. It was here that the giant Rodman cannons hurled their massive 15’ projectiles, each weighing over 300 pounds, to a range . . . Map (db m48143) HM
61Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — The Breakers
Built 1893 - 1895 has been designated a National Historic Landmark This building possesses National significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America 1994 National Park Service United States Department of the . . . Map (db m76659) HM
62Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — The Colony House
Because of its commitment to religious toleration, Newport had no established church during the colonial period. There was no Puritan meeting house on the town square as was the norm elsewhere in New England. Instead, the Colony House and the Brick . . . Map (db m48556) HM
63Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — The Colony House / The State House
The Colony House 1739 – 1776 The State House 1776 – 1900 Here the Assembly met and the governors were inaugurated until 1900Map (db m48090) HM
64Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — The Elms & Its Neighbors: The Battle for Historic Preservation
Demolition threatened The Elms and the surrounding summer houses in the 1960s, a critical period when the architectural landmarks of Bellevue Avenue were on the verge of complete destruction. In 1962, The Preservation Society of Newport County saved . . . Map (db m107353) HM
65Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — The Frederick Law Olmsted Park
Stoneacre, these three acres opposite Vernon Court on Bellevue Avenue (American’s most elegant street), are named for the mansion designed in 1884, by architect William Potter for John W, Ellis, which once occupied this site. Potter recommended . . . Map (db m107402) HM
66Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — The Irish Connection to Fort Adams
Problem . . . Insufficient workforce to build a Fortress. The solution would come from Ireland. Five hundred families came to not only escape famine and economic hardship, but here they obtained the freedoms they so longed for in their homeland. . . . Map (db m48703) HM
67Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — The Isaac Bell House & Its Neighbors: Progressive Architecture
During the 1870s and 1880s, architects pioneered a new type of American house based on a more open design and the use of organic materials. Queen Anne, Stick, and Singles Style houses, with their half-timbering and rustic shingles, contrasted . . . Map (db m107356) HM
68Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — The New Jersey Housec. 1800 — NRF Founded by Doris Duke 1968 —
This Property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.Map (db m66362) HM
69Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — The Rocky Shore
This rocky outcrop is sometimes eroded by waves powerful enough to tear a hole in them. Colonies of small marine animals living on the shore, however, can withstand these forces. Some withdraw into narrow crevices, others attach themselves . . . Map (db m48463) HM
70Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — The Tree of LibertyWilliam Ellery Park
To commemorate the repeal of the Stamp Act in March 1766, William Read deeded a small triangle of land at this site where grew the original Tree of Liberty, to William Ellery and others in trust. This tree was cut down by British occupation forces . . . Map (db m48095) HM
71Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Three Tiers of Firepower
The Fast Passage provides easy entry to Narragansett Bay. So in wartime, an enemy fleet could have sailed right into Newport, with cannons blazing! To answer this potential threat, Fort Adams focused its firepower here on the west wall. Top tier . . . Map (db m48133) HM
72Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Tom Robinson House
Home of Quaker Tom Robinson and his descendants since 1759. Headquarters of Vicomte de Noailles, 1780-81Map (db m48099) HM
73Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Touro Synagogue
The results of the religious toleration upon which Newport was founded are nowhere more evident than in the houses of worship clustered within a few hundred feet of this location: Touro Synagogue, the Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House, the United . . . Map (db m48580) HM
74Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Touro SynagogueNational Historic Site
Touro Synagogue of Jeshuat Israel Congregation Founded 1658 Ths oldest synagogue building in the United States was designed by Peter Harrison. Ground was broken August 1, 1759. It was dedicated on December 2, 1763. Here, 1781-84 The Rhode Island . . . Map (db m48698) HM
75Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — U.S.S. Bennington CVA-20
In memory of our shipmates and members of Air Task Group 181 lost in an accidental explosion on the USS Bennington while operating off the coast of Rhode Island on May 26, 1954 [ List of those killed in the explosion. ] “As long as . . . Map (db m48623) HM
76Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Understanding the FortFort Adams
This model of Fort Adams provides an overview of the Fort’s design, including the main structure and the outworks for land defense. The drawings of the Fort show details of its construction and reveal the complexity of its design along with the . . . Map (db m66374) HM
77Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Washington Square
Washington Square, originally called the Mall and later the Parade, is ringed by buildings constructed over two centuries. The Square reflects Newport’s transformation from a rudimentary outpost to one of the five major trading posts in colonial . . . Map (db m48545) HM
78Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — White Horse Tavern1673
“America’s Oldest Tavern” Yearly gathering place of the members of the Colonial LegislatureMap (db m48097) HM
79Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — Wilbour-Ellery House1801
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the InteriorMap (db m48691) HM
80Rhode Island (Newport County), Newport — World War I Memorial Tower
Frederick C. Mayer · George Mayhew · Alexander I. McElheran · Peter Moir · Andrew Mowat · John Francis Murphy · William Dennis Nagle · Guy Norman · Christos Papathanasopoulos · Albert Paulus · Sidney D. Reynolds · Caldwell Colt Robinson · Harold . . . Map (db m161575) WM
 
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