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” that other churches, conscripted as barracks or hospitals, experienced while the British were about during the colonial rebellion. C. P. B. Jefferys, Newport: A Short History 31 (Newport Historical Society 1992).
On a visit to Rhode Island, the Brawny Sherpa and I show up at the graveyard near dusk one night and wonder about this place’s past. How did it switch from Anglican to Episcopalian? How easy was this transition? How similar were the populations of these different congregations?
We need to learn so much about the past. We just visit, though, and appreciate the history of this place.