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Artillery Company of Newport

July 24th, 2017 by billfarrell

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.

 

Preservation Society Events – Newport County

April 4th, 2015 by billfarrell

TreesVisit the landscapes of Newport County through free, expert led tours. These tours are all free and provide an opportunity to learn much about Newport and what it has to offer from the Cliff Walk to Queen Anne Square which was recently renovated with work by Maya Lin, creator of the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washing, DC. These events require registration so please see to register and enjoy all Newport! tclf.org/event/whats-out-there-weekend-newport-county.

 

Launch Reception

NEWPORT
FRIDAY, May 8, 6 to 8pm
Hosted by: The Preservation Society of Newport County
Location: The Breakers, 44 Ochre Point Ave, Newport

10.00
Ballard Park

NEWPORT
SATURDAY, May 9, 10 to 11am
Guide: Colleen McGrath, President, Friends of Ballard Park
Meet: Ballard Park Hazard Road entrance, Newport

Free
Beavertail Light

JAMESTOWN
SATURDAY, May 9, 2 to 3pm
Guide: Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association docent
Meet: Fog Signal Building, Beavertail State Park, Beavertail Road, Jamestown

Free
Bellevue Ave and Memorial Blvd

NEWPORT
SATURDAY, May 9, 3 to 4:30pm
Guides: Tanya Kelley, Principal, PLACEstudio Landscape Design; Ross S. Cann, Principal, A4 Architecture + Planning
Meet: Old Stone Mill at Touro Park, Newport

Free
Blithewold Mansion

BRISTOL
SUNDAY, May 10, 4 to 5pm
Guide: Blithewold Docent
Meet: 101 Ferry Road (Rt 114), Bristol

Free
Blue Garden

NEWPORT
SUNDAY, May 10, 3 to 4pm
Guide: Sarah Vance, Director, Blue Garden
Meet: Private location, address will be announced to registrants

Free Sold Out
Chateau-sur-Mer

NEWPORT
SUNDAY, May 10, 9 to 10am
Guide: Jim Donahue, Curator of Historic Landscapes & Horticulture, The Preservation Society of Newport County
Meet: 474 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Free
Cliff Walk

NEWPORT
SATURDAY, May 9, 10 to 11am
Guides: John Hirschboeck, Cliff Walk Commission; Karen Beck, FASLA, RI ASLA
Meet: Easton’s Beach 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport

Free
Cliff Walk

NEWPORT
SUNDAY, May 10, 1 to 2pm
Guides: John Hirschboeck, Cliff Walk Commission; Karen Beck, FASLA, RI ASLA
Meet: Easton’s Beach 175 Memorial Blvd, Newport

Free
Common Burying Ground

SUNDAY, May 10, 3 to 4pm
Guide: Theresa Stokes, President 1696 Heritage Group
Meet: Main Entrance on Farewell Street, Newport

Free
Discover Colonial Newport

NEWPORT
SATURDAY, May 9, 9 to 10am
Guide: Newport Historical Society
Meet: Museum of Newport History 127 Thames St, Newport

Free
Discover Colonial Newport

NEWPORT
SUNDAY, May 10, 9 to 10am
Guide: Newport Historical Society
Meet: Museum of Newport History 127 Thames St, Newport

Free
Fort Adams

NEWPORT
SATURDAY, May 9, 9 to 10:30am
Guides: Elena Pascarella, Principal Landscape Architect, Landscape Elements LLC; Steve Marino, Fort Adams Trust
Meet: Fort Adams Trust 90 Fort Adams Drive, Newport

Free
Golden to Gilded Age Newport

NEWPORT
SUNDAY, May 10, 11am to Noon
Guide: Newport Historical Society
Meet: Museum of Newport History 127 Thames St, Newport

Free
Green Animals

PORTSMOUTH
SATURDAY, May 9, Noon to 1pm
Guide: Jim Donahue, Curator of Historic Landscapes & Horticulture, The Preservation Society of Newport County
Meet: 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth

Free
Greenvale Vineyards

PORTSMOUTH
SUNDAY, May 10, 10 to 11am
Guide: William Wilson, Owner
Meet: Historic Stable/Tasting Room, 582 Wapping Rd, Portsmouth

Free
Island Cemetery & Belmont Chapel

NEWPORT
SATURDAY, May 9, 4 to 5pm
Guide: James L. Yarnall, Ph.D. Professor of Art History, Chair of the Department of Art, Salve Regina University
Meet: Island Cemetery Chapel 30 Warner St, Newport

Free
Miantonomi Memorial Park

NEWPORT
SUNDAY, May 10, Noon to 1pm
Guide: Scott Wheeler, Buildings and Grounds Supervisor/Tree Warden, City of Newport
Meet: Miantonomi Memorial Park, playground near the intersection of Hillside Ave and Dexter Street, Newport

Free
Norman Bird Sanctuary

MIDDLETOWN
SUNDAY, May 10, 2 to 3pm
Guide: Tanya Kelley, Principal, PLACEstudio Landscape Design
Meet: Welcome Center 583 3rd Beach Rd, Middletown

Free
Paradise Valley

MIDDLETOWN
SUNDAY, May 10, Noon to 1pm
Guide: Kaity Ryan, Manager of Preservation Policy, The Preservation Society of Newport County
Meet: Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Sachuest Point Road, Middletown

Free
Portuguese Discovery Monument

NEWPORT
SATURDAY, May 9, 3 to 4pm
Guide: Arek Galle, ASLA, BETA Group, Inc.
Meet: Brenton Point State Park, Newport

Free
Prescott Farm

MIDDLETOWN
SUNDAY, May 10, 1 to 2pm
Guide: Susan Estabrook, URI Master Gardener and Project Manager of the Prescott Farm Master Gardener site; Liz Spoden, Coordinator for Education Programs, Newport Restoration Foundation
Meet: 2009 W Main Rd, Middletown

Free
Rough Point

NEWPORT
SATURDAY, May 9, 1 to 2pm
Guide: Katie Adams, Gardener, Newport Restoration Foundation
Meet: 680 Bellevue Ave, Newport

Free
St. George’s School

MIDDLETOWN
SUNDAY, May 10, 2:30 to 3:30pm
Guide: Bill Douglas, Director of Alumni Relations; George Staples, Director of Operations; Lori Silvia Gardener/Designer
Meet: 372 Purgatory Rd., Middletown

Free
St. Mary’s Evangelical Church

PORTSMOUTH
SATURDAY, May 9, 2 to 3pm
Guide: St Mary’s Congregation Member; Charles Allott, Executive Director, Aquidneck Land Trust; Jim Garman, Portsmouth Town Historian
Meet: 324 E Main Rd, Portsmouth

Free
The Elms

NEWPORT
SUNDAY, May 10, 3 to 4pm
Guide: John Tschirch, Instructor in Design History, Rhode Island School of Design; Jeffrey Curtis, Director of Gardens and Grounds, The Elms
Meet: 367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Free
Watson Farm

JAMESTOWN
SUNDAY, May 10, 1 to 2pm
Guide: Don and Heather Minto, farm managers, Historic New England
Meet: 455 North Rd, Jamestown

Free

Antique Car Museum Coming to Newport

June 27th, 2014 by billfarrell

The City of Newport, Rhode Island’s Zoning Board of Review has recently given unanimous approval to a special use permit for the owners of the Audrain Building, 220-230 Bellevue Avenue to establish an antique car museum on the first floor of the building. The building is currently sheathed in white plastic and is undergoing major restoration and renovation. The museum is expected to open sometime in 2014. The new owners of the building have about 100 antique cars that they plan to rotate in and out of the museum.

The building itself is historical in nature and is being restored to its former glory by its owners. The building on Bellevue Avenue was designed by New York architect Bruce Price whose most famous building is the huge Chateau Frontenac Hotel that dominates the Quebec City skyline. Will post more as information becomes available. stay tuned this should be a very exciting location to visit.

Gift Certificates

November 29th, 2013 by billfarrell

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer you the ability to immediately purchase a gift certificate on our website. While we have always offered gift certificates, previously you had to call and we’d take you information and mail a gift certificate to you. Now you can purchase a gift certificate in any denomination and pay immediately and print out a receipt. Your purchase online is secure and immediate. You can still call and we can take your information and mail a gift certificate to you that you can present to someone special.

Preservation Society of Newport County Calendar of Events – 2013

March 12th, 2013 by billfarrell

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The Preservation Society of Newport County has announced some upcoming events  for the 2013 season at the various mansions. Please see their website  for additional details and additional events. If you’re staying at The Spring Seasons Inn, please be sure to ask about promotions we may have with the Preservation Society.

March 30 – Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch

April 28 – May 1 – The Newport Symposium “Hidden Treasures”

June 13 – Annual Meeting

June 21 – 23 – Newport flower Show

July 14 – Green Animals Children’s Topiary Party

August 3 – Summer Masked Venetian Ball

August 6 – An Evening in Honor of John G. Winslow

August 30 – September 2 – Newport Mansions Stores Member’s Sale

September 20 – 22 – Wine & Food Festival

November 24 – January 1 Christmas at the Newport Mansions

December 21 – Dinner Dance at The Breakers

www.newportmansions.org

Beechwood Art Museum

July 18th, 2012 by billfarrell

As recently announced in the Newport Daily News, Astor’s Beechwood mansion which was purchased by Larry Ellison of Oracle about two years ago is slated to become the new home of Beechwood Art Museum which will house Ellison’s collection of 19th Century art. For those who do not know, Larry Ellison is the founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation and is the fifth richest person in the world.  Larry also owns MBW Oracle Racing, sailing America’s Cup yachts. His team was just in Newport, Rhode Island in the 2012 America’s Cup Series races.

Ellison hired Newport architect Richard Grovesnor to reconstruct and restore the mansion to the way it looked when Richard Morris Hunt restored it in 1881. Along with the purchase of the Beechwood Mansion, two other properties north of the mansion were acquired and will be torn down and reconstructed due to the amount of work that needed to be done. When all is said and done, the Beechwood mansion will house Ellison’s collection in the large rooms on the first floor, while the second and third floor will be used for his residence. When Mr. Ellison is not in residence, the second floor will be opened to display his art in a residence setting and will be one of the finer mansions in Newport. With the amount of work that is being put into the mansion, this may become one or the more popular mansions to see on Newport’s fabled Bellevue Avenue.

Prescott Farm – where Past Meets Present

May 17th, 2012 by billfarrell

Learn how an 1812 Windmill works. Discover interesting facts about the Revolutionary War.  Explore the flower and herb gardens managed by Master Gardeners. See the ducks and geese. Snack on 18th century treats. Enjoy period games. At Prescott Farm, there is something for everyone. Prescott Farm is owned and managed by the Newport Restoration Foundation. The NRF manages period homes in Newport in addition to thier crown jewels, Doris Duke’s home, Rough Point and the Whitehorne Museum. The Newport Restoration Foundation’s web site is www.newportrestoration.org.

Touro Synagogue – Loeb Visitors Center

May 13th, 2012 by billfarrell

Touro Synagogue Congregation was founded in 1658 by Jews fleeing the inquisition and has since become a symbol of religious freedom for all Americans. The current synagogue was designed by Peter Harrison, a well know Newport architect at the time. Dedicated in 1763, it is considered one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings of 18th century America. George Washington addressed religious freedom in his 1790 letter to the congregation by declaring, “To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport” that the new nation “gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.” The Synagogue was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1946.

The Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. Visitors Center has been open several years now and is housed in a brand-new, period style stone building. Ambassador John L Loeb, Jr. welcomes you in his personal message:

I am John L. Loeb Jr. and I’d like to welcome you to the Loeb Visitors Center at the Touro Synagogue. The Touro Synagogue is an American treasure, the oldest active synagogue in the United States. I am a descendent of the Touro family, so it holds great personal significance for me.

This Synagogue and its early congregation are considered icons of American religious freedom because of the important letter that George Washington sent to the Hebrew Congregation at Newport in 1790. That letter directly affirmed the principle of religious liberty based on the separation of church and state that is guaranteed to every one of us through the Bill of Rights. The building stands as a physical manifestation and reminder of the event and of the concepts embodied in the letter.

Both this website and the exhibits planned for the Visitors Center tell the story of this historical landmark, its architectural beauty and its symbolic role in the development of American Democracy.

While our new Visitors Center space is being constructed, I invite you to spend some time exploring these web pages and then come visit us in Newport, Rhode Island.

Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.

The Visitors Center has been open several years now, Ambassador Loeb’s message welcomes you to visit.  Having toured the Center and the Synagogue many times, Susan and I can assure you you won’t be disappointed. Only a minutes walk from The Spring Seasons Inn. You can see their web site at Touro Synagogue. Close their page to come back to the Spring Seasons Inn.

Tours for Curious People opens in Newport, Rhode Island

May 2nd, 2012 by billfarrell

Tour for Curious People has recently opened in Newport, Rhode Island and it is a must do while visiting Newport. Started by Carol Miller, a native Newporter whose family has a long history in Newport. Carol takes her clients on a tour of the Point district of Newport, an area rich in history that goes back several hundred years. Carol is a very knowledgeable and personable tour guide who not only shares her extensive of knowledge of Newport but is also known to pull period antiques out of her pocket to supplement an interesting point that she is sharing with you. Having met Carol, Susan and I can attest to her enthusiasm and knowledge of Newport and can assure you, you won’t be disappointed or bored on this tour. Carol has a website that gives some general information that you may find useful at www.toursforcuriouspeople.com. Close this window to return to the Spring Seasons Inn.

Spring Seasons Inn Tea Room Featured in Victoria Magazine

April 22nd, 2012 by billfarrell

The Tea Room at The Spring Seasons Inn was recently featured in Victoria Magazine, a prestigious magazine that covers decorating, enterprising women, traveling and entertaining. The May/June, 2012 issue has a touring article, entitled Sumer by the Sea and covers historic Newport and things to see and do while spending a relaxing weekend in the City by the Sea! You can see the article by clicking on the Victoria Magazine logo or pick up your own copy at your local bookstore. Be sure to get your copy before they sell out; you won’t be sorry as it a beautifully done magazine.

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