Places to Visit

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Rhode Island
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General Nathanael Greene Homestead Coventry Built in 1770, home to the General that George Washington recommended as his replacement if he should be die.
Varnum House Museum East Greenwich Mansion built in 1773 by James Mitchell Varnum, who became one of Washinton's generals and later elected to the Continental Congress.
Hunter House Newport Built 1748 - 54 and considered one of the ten best colonial homes existing in the U.S.
Colony House Newport Completed in 1739, it was the state house of Rhode Island until 1901.
Touro Synagogue Newport Completed and dedicated in 1763, it is the oldest Synagogue in the U.S.; following the war it served as a meeting place for the Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Supreme Court and the town of Newport.
Redwood Library and Athenaeum Newport Chartered in 1747 and opened to the public in 1750, it is the oldest circulating library in the U.S.
Trinity Church Newport Completed in 1726, it has a pipe organ tested by Georg Friedrich Handel; French Admiral Charles de Ternay is buried in the adjacent cemetery.
White Horse Tavern Newport Now a restaurant, originally built in 1673 as a residence, and for awhile, the meeting place of the general assembly.
Fort Butts Portsmouth The earthwork redoubt is still discernable, it was a key position during the Battle of Rhode Island (1778), and provides a panoramic view of Mt. Hope Bay.
Benefit Street’s Mile of History Providence A street of restored colonial homes and buildings overlooking the waterfront.
Old State House Providence Built in 1762, the State House was the primary seat of state government until 1901.
Gilbert Stuart Birthplace & Museum Saunderstown This restored house, built in 1750, was the birthplace of painter Gilbert Stuart.

But as an intellectual enterprise ... [Jefferson’s University of Virgina] proved less satisfactory to its creator when it opened the year before he died. The students turned out be not so much an aristocracy of virtue and talent as a gang of rowdy youths with a taste for drink, gambling, breaking windows, firing guns into the air, and thrashing professors who tried to stop them. The horrified Jefferson came down from his mountain to Charlottesville to reprimand them. Flanked by his dear friends and fellow trustees James Madison and James Monroe, the frail eighty-two-year-old patriarch drew himself up to his full six foot two, began to speak — and burst into tears.

Myron Magnet
The Founders at Home: The Building of America, 1735 - 1817 (2014)