Founded in 1968 by Doris Duke, the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) is a non-profit institution. NRF was founded to preserve, interpret and maintain Aquidneck Island’s 18th- and 19th- century architectural culture.
Some upcoming events for October/November that might be interesting are listed below. While participating in these events, consider stay at The Spring Seasons Inn and Tea Room, a Victorian B&B in Newport, RI.
Open Hearth Cooking
Saturday, October 22, 12:00-4:30 pm
Join Linda Oakley, food history and hearth cooking expert from Old Sturbridge Village, in a hands-on workshop in the c. 1730 Guard House at Prescott Farm. You will be able to prepare and enjoy a colonial era harvest dinner. The workshop fee is $55 and reservations are required. Questions? Contact Liz Spoden by email or call (401) 846-4152.
Wednesday, October 26, 4:00-6:00 pm
Enjoy a fun, family-friendly evening at Prescott Farm’s 1812 Sherman Windmill. An open house format offers visitors a chance to explore the inside of the historic windmill and learn about the history of windpower on Aquidneck Island. Taste johnnycakes made with locally milled cornmeal. Enjoy activities for kids. Admission is $5 and free for children under 5. Questions? Contact Liz Spoden at (401) 846-4152 or Liz@NewportRestoration.org.
Workshop for Old House Owners
Saturday, November 5, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Winter is coming. It’s time to think about tuning up your old house and lowering those heating bills. At the same time you will be protecting Rhode Island’s heritage and helping to save the planet! In this half-day workshop learn how to make your old home more “green,” saving both money and energy without damaging its historic character. You will receive a Historic Homeowners’ Toolkit and a checklist for seasonal home maintenance.
The partially restored Gibson House (c.1848) in historic Bristol, RI (1200 Hope Street) is the setting for this workshop. Experts will present information and demonstrations on:
Weatherizing the building envelope (walls, doors, roof, windows)
Efficient heating systems
This workshop is a project of the Collaborative for Common Sense Preservation: Historic New England, the Newport Restoration Foundation, and Preserve Rhode Island.
Advance registration required: www.newportrestoration.org/calendar/details/21899-winter. Call Liz Spoden at (401) 846-4152 or email her at email@example.com.