Make your way outdoors this month for a 75-minute walking tour with the Newport Historical Society in the heart of downtown Newport. Each themed tour will happen on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 AM. Presented by an expert guide, tours will depart with a group of no more than ten for an especially intimate experience.

 

COVID-19 NOTE:

When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast! Rest assured, local restaurants, shops, and businesses are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of all. This includes wearing mandatory face coverings, following guidelines put in place by health and government officials, and implementing stringent cleaning practices.

All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain six feet of social distancing from others.

 

Visitors are required to wear a mask and will be asked a series of screening questions to ensure the health of everyone in the tour group, and the tour guide wears a voice amp to ensure that everyone can enjoy the tour while staying apart.

 

 

THE SCHEDULE

Note: Tickets must be purchased online

MAY 8

COMMON BURYING GROUND

Explore the stone carvers, their art and the diverse people buried there who helped shape Newport’s history.

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MAY 9

THE POINT NEIGHBORHOOD

Home to craftsmen, merchants, religious dissenters and more, discover the Point neighborhood’s rich colonial history.

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MAY 15

THE FRENCH IN 18TH CENTURY NEWPORT

Explore the heart of 18th century Newport and discuss the year-long period when roughly 12,000 French soldiers and sailors lived alongside Newport citizens during the American Revolution. Learn how the French contribution to the Revolutionary War was vital to the success of American Independence—and it began in Newport.

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MAY 16

NEWPORT'S BRITISH OCCUPATION

 In 1777 as the Revolutionary War officially began, 7,000 British and Hessian soldiers invaded Newport creating an occupation that lasted for nearly 3 years. Join an expert tour guide wearing an authentic 18th century British military uniform and explore the sites and stories of the soldiers and citizens affected during this time.

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MAY 22

GOLDEN TO GILDED

From Newport’s colonial Golden Age to Gilded Age summer colony, discover the transformation of the city and its people.

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MAY 23

CREATIVE SURVIVAL

Discover the early history of Newport’s people of color, enslaved and free. Explore the places where enslaved people lived and labored, along with locations where free African Americans built their enterprises and supported a new local industry.

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MAY 29

DISCOVER COLONIAL NEWPORT

Hear stories of  entrepreneurship, African American heritage and religious diversity during Newport’s colonial period.

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MAY 30

ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE

*Note: This tour will be held at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.

Riots and rebellions, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution.

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TICKETS

Adults: $15
Children 5-12: $5
Newport Historical Society Members: $10
Active and Retired Military: $10

 

 

 

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