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Area Information and Attractions

Founded in 1639

The city of Newport is located in Newport County, Rhode Island, at the southern tip of Aquidneck Island, and is bounded by Middletown to the north and three bodies of water: Narragansett Bay to the west; Sakonnet River to the east; and Rhode Island Sound to the south. Home to spectacular coastal scenery, awe-inspiring architecture, a thriving waterfront downtown, and welcoming hospitality, Newport is considered by many to be a shining gem in the coastal crown of New England. For those whose hearts lie in architecture, design, and history, Newport offers tours of opulent mansions, interesting museums, and a number of walking tours that reveal the Colonial and Gilded Age charm of the city.

Factoid: The Newport Distilling Company, produces their “ Thomas Tews Rum” by using the same methods practiced centuries ago in Newport. Yes, back in 1769, twenty-two distilleries were operating in Newport and it had established itself as the rum capital of the world. The city grew to be considered the most important port in Colonial Rhode Island and one of the five leading ports in North America.

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