Since its founding by English settlers in 1639, Newport has bustled with diversity. The policy of liberty of conscience and religion embodied in the Newport Town Statutes of 1641 was a result of the religious beliefs of its founders and their frustration over political intervention in their religious life in Boston. This policy was a beacon to settlers with wide-ranging religious beliefs, who came primarily from other colonies at first, and co-existed in the rapidly growing settlement, unaware that their town’s religious diversity was a prototype of the America to come.
Built in 1699, the Great Friends Meeting House received significant alterations/additions in 1705, 1729, 1807, 1857 and 1867, mainly to accommodate a growing congregation and the New England Yearly Meeting of Friends. As membership in the Society of Friends declined during the early 1900’s, the building fell into disuse and disrepair. In 1973, the Meeting House was privately restored and was subsequently placed under the aegis of the Newport Historical Society.
America's Gilded Age continues to capture the imagination of visitors from all over the world a century after its heyday. Newport was the epicenter of this fascinating period of American social and architectural history. The Astor's, Vanderbilts and numerous other magnates chose Newport , with its spectacular location on Atlantic to build their lavish castles and palaces, using the top architects of the day and best craftsmen from here and abroad.
Through the years Newport has made a name for itself in a variety of manners, first as a colony founded on religious freedom, later as the summer playground for the American socialite families with names like Astor and Vanderbilt, as a key location for the United States Navy, and then as the yachting capital of the world.
Newport, a top sailing spot, is an all-seasons resort offering a beautiful harbour that is rich in colonial history. However what draws music lovers to Ford Adams State Park is the world famous The Newport Jazz Festival. The 1962 Newport Jazz Festival features Count Basie & His Orchestra, Johnny Hodges, The Oscar Peterson Trio, The Clara Ward Gospel Singers, Pee Wee Russell, Ruby Braff, Joe Williams, Roland Kirk, & The Duke Ellington Orchestra.
Newport, Rhode Island’s Presidential Legacy: Newport, Rhode Island has a rich and storied presidential history, receiving its first official presidential visit in August 1790 when President George Washington visited Newport to celebrate the state’s...
The Ocean State didn't just place last in our overall rankings for the second year in a row, it also finished in the bottom five of four individual categories in 2012. This could mean more trouble for RI's major cites such as Newport, Warwick and Cranston as well.
The public will enjoy free viewing of the colorful and historic coaches every day, as they drive through the streets of Newport and the grounds of the Newport Mansions, celebrating and preserving a century-old sporting tradition.
As a small city, Newport has a rich culture, history, and vibrant natural features with a diverse urban population, and seasonal tourist influx.
Newport is the location of several large institutions, including the U.S. Naval Base Newport and its 50 service sectors, including the United States Naval War College. Additionally, the City is home to the Newport Hospital, Salve Regina University, and the International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS). These institutions are among Newport's larger employers.
Newport, Rhode Island played a leading role during the Colonial Period in the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. By 1776, several thousand African slaves lived, work and eventually died in this New England seaport. At the peak of the Colonial Period they comprised nearly one third of the total town population with one in three Newport families owning at least one slave.
Addressing the occurrences of combined sewer overflows is an extremely complex issue for which the City of Newport is committed. The City is working to identify and implement improvements to prevent the occurrences of overflows in order to be in compliance with RIDEM and EPA Combined Sewer Overflow Policies
The first impacts of Hurricane Sandy were beginning to be felt at Sail Newport and Newport Harbor in general on the morning of October 29, with the storm surge combining with the high tide to overtop several local roads and parking lots.
The festival features two full days of jazz on three unique stages at Fort Adams, one of the Park system's national treasures situated at the mouth of Newport Harbor with panoramic views of the Newport Bridge and the East Passage.
America's Cup World Series - Newport is the final stop in the inaugural America’s Cup World Series (AC World Series), which will feature both fleet and match racing.The regatta will give the public an opportunity to watch the world’s top sailors compete...
Sightsailing offers daily sailing cruises and sunset sails in Newport, RI aboard the 80 foot Schooner Aquidneck. Guests may participate in the sailing or sit back and relax. Spectacular sightseeing and sailing in Newport Harbor and Narragansett...