There are many theories about who built the Newport Tower including the Viking theory, the Benedict Arnold Windmill theory, the Portuguese theory, the Templar theory, and the alien theory. As of yet, none of the theories have been proven but each one has its own merits and until proven otherwise, it is up to each of us to decide which theory we believe. If you really want to learn more about the Tower and some of the theories around it, there is no better place to learn about it the the Newport Tower Museum which is located directly across the street form the tower at 152 Mill Street, Newport. Jim Egan runs the museum and is an expert on the tower and has his own ideas about it. I am not sure of the hours of the Tower Museum but Jim can be reached at 401.447.6757. His web site is www.newporttowermuseum.com
While walking through Touro Park and discovering the tower and museum, other nearby attractions include the Newport Art Museum and The Redwood Library, the oldest lending library in the United States. The Spring Seasons Inn is only a five minute walk from the Tower Museum.