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Rhode Island
Place City
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.
Colony House Newport Completed in 1739, it was the state house of Rhode Island until 1901.
Hunter House Newport Built 1748—54 and considered one of the ten best colonial homes existing in the U.S.
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.
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.
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.

What ultimately convinced Americans that they must revolt in 1776 was not that they were naturally and inevitably republican, for if that were truly the case evolution, not revolution, would have been the eventual solution. Rather it was the pervasive fear that they were not predestined to be a virtuous and egalitarian people that in the last analysis drove them into revolution in 1776. It was this fear and not their confidence in the peculiarity of their character that made them so readily and so remarkably responsive to Thomas Paine’s warning that the time for independence was at hand and that delay would be disastrous. By 1776 it had become increasingly evident that if they were to remain the kind of people they wanted to be they must become free of Britain.

Gordon S. Wood
The Creation of the American Republic, 1776—1787 (1969)