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town of Newport was settled in 1639, and was incorporated as a
city in 1784.
Island was founded on the basis of complete religious and
political freedom, and in Newport, Quakers and Jews found a
comfortable haven shortly after its founding. By the early 1700's,
commerce, combined with a successful farming and fishing industry,
brought great wealth to the community
ships probably developed what became the first resort in British
North America when, during the 1720's, sea captains brought
passengers from the Carolinas and Caribbean who wished to get away
from the heat, fever and humidity of their plantations.
was one of the five most important settlements in the 13 colonies,
sharing that distinction with Boston, New York, Philadelphia and
was the "Birthplace of the Navy", and with private and
naval shipping combined, added to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of
the community. The finest craftsmen in furniture and silver worked
here before the Revolution. Summer visitors enjoyed an advanced
cultural society that has continued to this day.
combines three communities in one--the settled community, the Navy
(which bases its Naval Education and Training Center here), and
the "summer colony." All work in harmony to produce and
sponsor events of international importance such as opera and music
festivals; the opening of the opulent Vanderbilt, Astor, and
Belmont mansions to visitors; and outstanding exhibits and
performances of the visual and performing arts.
city claims more standing buildings built before 1830, than any
American community. Many are open to visitors, such as the Old
Colony House, the nation's second oldest capitol building; the
Redwood Library, the oldest library building in continuous use;
the Touro Synagogue, America's oldest Jewish house of worship; the
armory of the Artillery Company of Newport, the oldest, active
military organization in the country; and several examples of
Colonial residential architecture such as the Hunter House, which
experts agree rates with the nation's top ten.
Newport has a variety of museum attractions, including the
International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Newport Art Museum, The
Museum of Newport History, and replicas of two ships recalling the
port's part in the Revolutionary War, the colonial Sloop-of-War
Providence. There are windjammer cruises out of the port,
excursion boats, harbor and city bus tours, a New York style
disco, scuba diving, surfing, spearfishing, summer theatre, golf,
pari-mutual jai alai, tennis and fishing along with numerous yacht
races for international, national, regional, or Olympic
championships. Its numerous restaurants serve up the best in Rhode
Island seafood, and several are known for their continental
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