On Tuesday, we left Nantucket on the 6:30 a.m. ferry to Hyannis, rented vehicles, and drove to Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is best known for its waterside mansions built in the 1800s, but it has a trove of structures built before the Revolutionary War, when the city was a major shipping port. On our first day, we received tours of three restored properties owned by the Newport Historical Society: Newport Colony House, Great Friends Meeting House, and the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House.
Here's us standing outside the Colony House. Obviously I didn't take this one.
The Colony House was finished in 1739 and served as Rhode Island's statehouse until 1901. The Declaration of Independence was read for the first time in Rhode Island on these steps.
Colony House's Great Hall. The floor is bumpy because the floorboards are so worn around the knots in the wood.
During the Revolutionary War, British soldiers used it as barracks and later the French used it as a hospital. George Washington attended a banquet in his honor in this room.
The old courtroom. "Amistad" was filmed here.
This famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington hangs inside.
The Great Friends Meeting House was initially built in 1699. It has seen many additions.
It was built as a place of worship for Newport's Quakers. Church membership eventually fell off and in 1901 the building was sold.
Sparse interior, but great examples of timber framing.
Good craftsmanship leads to a 310-year-old building.
The Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House was finished in about 1697, making it the oldest house in Newport.
They recently did paint analysis to figure out what color the walls used to be but the findings weren't always followed.
The slaves slept in the attic and apparently some wrote their names up here, except we weren't allowed to go all the way up.