Newport Historical Society http://ripr.org en Newport Historical Society Investing In City's Revolutionary Past http://ripr.org/post/newport-historical-society-investing-citys-revolutionary-past <p>The Newport Historical Society is working to attract more visitors by drawing more attention to the city’s revolutionary history. Historical Society director Ruth Taylor says they plan to revamp the historic Wanton-Lymon-Hazard house into a museum that brings Newport’s role in the American Revolution to life. Right now, said Taylor, places like Boston and Concord corner the revolutionary tourist market.</p><p></p><p>“They’re eating our lunch because really important things from the same period happened here. And it’s just less well known," said Taylor.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 12:33:12 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33435 at http://ripr.org Newport Historical Society Investing In City's Revolutionary Past Newport Restoration Foundation Purchases Home Of Important Colonial Furniture Maker http://ripr.org/post/newport-restoration-foundation-purchases-home-important-colonial-furniture-maker <p>The Newport Restoration Foundation has added a new jewel to its crown of original colonial housing. And this isn’t just any home.&nbsp; Its owner was a man who made American furniture-making history.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:50:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 31413 at http://ripr.org Newport Restoration Foundation Purchases Home Of Important Colonial Furniture Maker Breakers Mansion At The Center Of Heated Debate http://ripr.org/post/breakers-mansion-center-heated-debate <p>On Monday, Newport’s Zoning Board of Review will hear an appeal of a ruling by the city’s Historic District Commission that rejected plans for a welcome center at the Breakers Mansion.</p><p></p><p>The Commission decided against the idea in a 4:3 vote during a hearing last August. The Preservation Society of Newport County wants to put the welcome center outside the historic mansion once owned by the Vanderbilt family.</p><p>Newport City Zoning Officer Guy Weston said lawyers for the Preservation Society claim the hearing was flawed by a faulty staff report.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:17:10 +0000 Ben Bryant 28217 at http://ripr.org Breakers Mansion At The Center Of Heated Debate Almost Two-Century Old "Good Luck" Shoes Found In Newport http://ripr.org/post/almost-two-century-old-good-luck-shoes-found-newport <p>A pair of 19<sup>th</sup> century men’s shoes has been found in the old State House in Newport.&nbsp;&nbsp; The discovery at the so-called “Colony House” was made last week.&nbsp; It was not a complete surprise to historians.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The brown leather men’s slippers were discovered under the floor boards of a courtroom in the old Colony House last week. The building is undergoing an extensive renovation.&nbsp; Ruth Taylor, executive director of the Newport Historical Society, said they date to about 1830 and were probably left there as the building was under construction.</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:40:43 +0000 Flo Jonic 25363 at http://ripr.org Almost Two-Century Old "Good Luck" Shoes Found In Newport