American Revolution

Newport Historical Society

 

Dozens of historical re-enactors gather in Newport Saturday to mark the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act Riots, which were among the early rumblings of the Revolutionary War.

Taking their lead from rebels in Massachusetts, a group of Newport residents rioted in 1765 against the Stamp Act. The legislation, approved in England, levied a new import tax on the colony.

College students from Salve Regina University are searching for the site of a significant battle in the Revolutionary War. The project, which has garnered federal grant funding, seeks to uncover parts of Middletown's colonial history.

The Salve Regina history department said the students will overlay historic maps and modern, aerial photos to try and pinpoint the exact spot where Colonial and British forces built fortifications in the Siege of Newport in 1778.

In that battle, the colonists joined forces with the French to attack the British, on land and from the sea.

Rebels And Redcoats Set To Storm Sturbridge Village

Jul 31, 2015
John Collins / Old Sturbridge Village

The Revolutionary War returns to New England soil this weekend in Massachusetts. The annual reenactment known as Redcoats and Rebels is thought to be the largest war reenactment in the country.

Event Coordinator Jim O’Brien says it features more than 1,000 soldiers in full period costume.

“You forget about today,” said O’Brien. “You really forget who you are. For that moment, you are back in the 18th century. It really is just a unique experience that has immediate gratification.”

Mayor Jorge Elorza pledged to build a `New Providence’  amid an improving economy  as he delivered his inaugural address this afternoon on the chilly, sun-splashed steps  of Providence’s Beaux-Arts City Hall.

Elorza, the second consecutive mayor of Latino descent tied his immigrant family’s journey  with Providence’s history as a welcoming city for generations of the newly arrived and emphasized the need for a new economic order.

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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.

“They’re eating our lunch because really important things from the same period happened here. And it’s just less well known," said Taylor.

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