Explore Newport's history on foot through two new tours.
Four Enduring Faiths, Four Remarkable Landmarks
Newport's various sectors of religious history come together during Four Enduring Faiths, Four Remarkable Landmarks, a look at four of the city's historic houses of worship. Begin your journey at Touro Synagogue, the oldest Jewish House of Worship in the United States, then make your way to Trinity Episcopal Church, Rhode Island's oldest Episcopal congregation and Newport Congregational Church, where you'll learn about John LaFarge and his contribution to the church's breathtaking opalescent stained glass windows. Finally, end at St. Mary's Church, Rhode Island's oldest Catholic Parish and the place where Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy were married.
Admission: $28 When: Tuesdays: 12:30-4:00pm Location: Tour departs from the Loeb Visitors Center, 50 Spring Street, Newport
For more information visit www.4faiths.org
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Return to Camelot: Jackie & JFK's Newport Wedding
Perhaps one of the most iconic weddings to take place in Newport, and arguably the United States, was that of Jacqueline Bouvier to Senator John F. Kennedy in September of 1953. The couple wed at St. Mary's historic landmark before 600 friends, family, diplomats and senators, while outside, 2,000 society fans waited to greet the new Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy. Following the ceremony, 1,300 guests joined the two newly weds for a reception at Jackie's childhood summer home at Hammersmith Farm.
Sixty-two years later, you have the opportunity to Return to Camelot - a tour through St. Mary's Church, which has previously been closed to the public, commemorating the memorable Kennedy wedding. Listen as the music from their nuptial mass and "first dance," performed by St. May's music director, fills the church, and watch a video montage of vintage footage from the wedding and reception, along with an exclusive interview with Yusha Auchincloss III, Jackie's stepbrother.
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Admission: $15 When: Begins every Tuesday, 3pm - 3:45pm Location: St. Marys Catholic Church, 80 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI Parking: Free parking from 2:30-4pm in the William St. lot
For more information visit http://www.returntocamelot.org/