Fodor's Expert Review Redwood Library and Athenaeum
In 1747, Abraham Redwood gave 500 pounds sterling to found a library of arts and sciences; three years later, this Georgian Palladian–style building opened with 751 titles. More than half of the original collection vanished during the British occupation of Newport, though most of it has been recovered or replaced. Paintings on display include five portraits by Gilbert Stuart. Look for the portrait of the Colonial governor's wife, whose low neckline later led to the commissioning of Stuart's daughter Jane to paint a bouquet over her cleavage. A guided 35-minute tour is offered daily at 2 pm. The library presents talks by authors, musicians, and historians.