Newport County and East Bay Sights


Colony House Review

Completed in 1741, this National Historic Landmark on Washington Square was the center of political activity in Colonial Newport. The Declaration of Independence was read from its steps on July 20, 1776, and later British troops used this structure as a barracks during their occupation of Newport. In 1781, George Washington met here with French commander Count Rochambeau, cementing the alliance that led to the American victory at Yorktown. The Newport Historical Society manages the Colony House and offers guided tours.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Washington Sq., Newport, RI 02840 | Map It
  • Phone: 401/841–8770
  • Cost: $12 walking tour; $8 site tour
  • Hours: Daily 11–3
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  • Location: Newport
Updated: 12-23-2013

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