Category: Rhode Island

Where to Brush by the Revolution

I haven’t visited any places specifically to learn about the War of Independence, but I have stumbled upon little reminders at a few places. Seeing little bits of the past brings history alive for me. I know I learned about…

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Wherever I Go, There’s Rochambeau

Recalling Rochambeau in Mount Kisco, N.Y. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Recurring Characters in Historical Travels Revered as a hero in the American Revolution, the Comte de Rochambeau’s efforts helping the new country ward off the British are commemorated along the Washington-Rochambeau National Historic Trail—almost 700 miles extending from Massachusetts and…

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An Unanticipated Pet Cemetery in Newport

So much wretched excess can be overlooked if blatant industrialists and their free-spending spouses just treat their pets right. If there is reincarnation, I want to come back as a pampered pooch. —Lori Tripoli Interested in graveyards in Newport? Consider…

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Newport: Trinity Church, Where Were You in the Revolution?

Before France’s Comte de Rochambeau showed up in Newport, the city was under the control of the British during the American Revolution. Trinity Church, an Anglican congregation, was built in 1726 and “was spared . . . humiliation and ruin”…

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Watch with a Tourist’s Eyes

How many times do I visit Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y. before noticing a plaque about George Washington’s meetup with Comte de Rochambeau, a French general sent to help with the Revolutionary War? I volunteer at the hospital…

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A Mind-Altering Mansion Crawl

No matter how many houses of the rich and famous I visit (with the George Eastman house in Rochester, N.Y. probably being my favorite), I still feel a little strange traipsing through someone else’s home, no matter how long ago…

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Plantations in Rhode Island?

Curious about the official name of the 13th state, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, I stop by the Kingston Hill Store in Kingston on the way out of Newport and quickly discover a local history section so fantastic I hardly…

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Embracing the Grind in Newport

For me, the only thing more dangerous than having to walk past a book store on my way home from work (personally, I think Kramerbooks and Afterwords Café should still be grateful for my patronage during my D.C. years) is…

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Eternal Newport

Sitting outside at the Castle Hill Inn and sipping a lemon drop martini, I imagine that whoever coined the phrase “lawn party” did so for a place like this. What could be better than sitting on an Adirondack chair, cocktail…

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New Heights at the Yankee Peddler Inn

Where to Stay in Newport, Rhode Island When I was a kid spending far too much time reading about Jane Addams’s Hull House in Chicago or young Eleanor Roosevelt’s Tivoli, N.Y. or Louisa May Alcott’s territory in New England, my…

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