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Artillery Company of Newport

Artillery Company of Newport

artillery-company-of-newport5The Artillery Company of Newport is the oldest continuously operating militia in the country, chartered in 1741 during the reign of King George II of great Britain. The purpose of the the Artillery Company was to protect the town from possible attack. The unit now has over 276 years of continuous service to the State of Rhode Island and to the United States. Members of the Artillery Company have served in every war that the United States has been involved and now proudly serves as a ceremonial unit of the Rhode Island Militia, Council of Historic Commands.

The Company maintains a military museum in the Armory which is considered to have one of the most outstanding collections of foreign and domestic military uniforms and memorabilia to be seen in the United States.  The museum was started in 1950 by members, many of them donating their own personal artifacts from their own travels in World War Two and Korea and focuses on the evolution of artillery, the history of the Artillery Company of Newport (1741 – present) and exhibits on WWI & WWII. The museum also has an extensive collection of British regimental uniforms.

A couple of really exceptional pieces the museum has in its possession are four original Paul Revere cannons, cast at the Revere Foundry outside of Boston in 1798, a Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington, an original letter from Washington to the Artillery Company, and an original Appeal to Heaven Flag. These are just a very small sampling of some of the great pieces the Artillery Company has on hand.

The museum is currently open on Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM and on Wednesday evening from 4-7PM through Columbus Day, 2017. Private tours can be arranged by calling the Company a 401-846-8488. Admission is free but donations are graciously accepted as the money that you donate goes to support the museum as we receive no outside funding.

No visit to Newport would be complete without seeing the Artillery Company of Newport. And while visiting Newport and the museum, consider staying at The Spring Seasons Inn, a Better Way to Stay where your Innkeeper is a member of the Artillery Company.


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