Newport in Rhode Island

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Newport Sailing 2009 © chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Newport Sailing 2009 © chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-3.0

Newport is a city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County. It is located 23 miles (37 km) south of Providence, and 61 miles (98 km) south of Boston. Known as a New England summer resort and for the famous Newport Mansions, it is the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. A major 18th century port city, Newport now contains among the highest number of surviving colonial buildings of any city in the United States. The city is the county seat of Newport County (a county that no longer has any governmental functions other than court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries). Newport was known for being the city of some of the Summer White Houses during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

Newport has one of the highest concentrations of colonial homes in the nation, in the downtown Newport Historic District, one of three National Historic Landmark Districts in the city. Many of these homes were restored in the late 20th century through grants made by Newport resident Doris Duke, as well as other local efforts such as Operation Clapboard. As a result, Newport’s colonial heritage is well preserved and documented at the Newport Historical Society. In addition to the colonial architecture, the city is known for its Gilded Age mansions, which have also received extensive restoration from both private owners and non-profits such as the Preservation Society of Newport County.

The Elms © Daderot/cc-by-sa-3.0 The Breakers © Itub/cc-by-sa-3.0 Rosecliff © flickr.com - n ole/cc-by-2.0 © flickr.com - Doug Kerr/cc-by-sa-2.0 Indian Summer © --jkb/cc-by-3.0 Chateau Sur Mer © EvyRosita/cc-by-sa-3.0 Newport Country Club © George Bekris/cc-by-sa-3.0 City Hall © Albany NY/cc-by-sa-3.0 Newport Sailing 2009 © chensiyuan/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Another National Historic Landmark District, Bellevue Avenue, is the home of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where important tennis players are commemorated, as well as a number of mansions dating back to the Gilded Age, including The Breakers, Belcourt Castle, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff, Rough Point, and the William Watts Sherman House. Some of these are open for guided tours.

With coastlines on the west, south and east, Newport is a maritime city. Its harbors teem with commercial fishing boats, power and sail pleasure craft. It is known as the sailing capital of the United States. Many defenses by the New York Yacht Club of the America’s Cup yachting prize took place here. Newport Country Club was one of the five founding clubs of the United States Golf Association; it hosted the first U.S. Open and the first U.S. Amateur, both held in 1895. Newport plays host to a number of festivals during the summer months, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Newport Folk Festival (where Bob Dylan infamously “went electric” in 1965), the Newport International Film Festival, and the Newport International Boat Show.

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