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Rhode Island Historic Sites

Historical RI Points of Interest, Historic Markers, Monuments

Rhode Island is full of history. Beofre colonization in 1636, Rhode Island was home to the Wampanoag, Niantic and Narragansett tribes. Unfortunately, most of the tribal population was wiped out by European disease and warfare. The colony period of Rhode Island’s history lasted from 1636 to 1776, and it was known as the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Rhode Island was the first British colony to delclare its independence from the motherland. The post-Revolution era brought a heavy hand in slave trade in Rhode Island. During the Industrial Revolution, Rhode Island was home to the first textile mill in the United States, and this small state quickly became one of the most industrialized states in America.

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Rhode Island Historical Sites


Isaac Bell House
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI
Ph: 401-847-1000
First major Shingle-style house. Also known as Enda Villa.

Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum
815 Gilbert Stuart Road
Saunderstown, RI
Ph: 401-294-3001
Birthplace of famous American painter and portraitist of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Belcourt Castle
657 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI
Ph: 401-846-0669
Former summer cottage of Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont

The Breakers
44 Ochre Point Ave.
Newport, RI
Ph: 401-847-1000
Vanderbilt mansion

Point Judith Lighthouse
1460 Ocean Ave.
Narragansett, RI
Ph: 401-789-0444
A 35-foot tower, built in 1810

The Elms
596 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI
Ph: 401-849-9000
Former estate or ‘summer cottage’ of coal baron Edward Julius Berwind

Touro Synagogue National Historic Site
85 Touro Street
Newport, RI
Ph: 401-847-4794
First and oldest synagogue in America

Slater Mill Museum
67 Rooseveldt Ave.
Pawtucket, RI
Ph: 401-725-8638
First commercially viable textile mill in America

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