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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…