Newport, RI (PRWEB) May 06, 2013
Newport History Tours, a partnership between the Newport Restoration Foundation and the Newport Historical Society, announces the summer/fall 2013 walking tour schedule, as well as the summer Tours of the Month. While an abbreviated tour schedule began in April, the full walking tour schedule will begin in June 1.
“There are four centuries of American history in Newport and our diverse schedule of walking tours covers them all,” said Ingrid Peters, Director of Education for the Newport Historical Society, who co-manages the tour program. “Visitors and locals can learn more about Newport history from the colonial age, to prohibition to the glamour of the Gilded Age, while enjoying a scenic walk around the City by the Sea.”
The summer/fall 2013 schedule runs June 1 through November 1 and includes:
Sundays: 10:30am Discover Colonial Newport
Mondays: 10am Discover Colonial Newport; 10:30am Rogues & Scoundrels
Tuesdays: 10am Golden to Gilded; 10:30am Road to Independence
Wednesdays: 10am Discover Colonial Newport; 10:30am Souls & Stones
Thursdays: 10am Golden to Gilded; 10:30am Road to Independence
Fridays: 10am Discover Colonial Newport; 10:30am Souls & Stones
Saturdays: 10am Golden to Gilded; 10:30am Rogues & Scoundrels
Tours last approximately 75 minutes and are weather permitting. Tickets are $12; $5 for ages 12 & under. Visit http://www.NewportHistoryTours.org for more information and complete tour descriptions.
For 2013, Newport History Tours has introduced the Tour of the Month. Running through November, on the third Saturday of the month at 11am, Newport History Tours will present a tour on a focused topic by a guest guide. Tours of the Month include:
May 18, 11am: The Colonial Point Neighborhood
Home to craftsmen, merchants, religious dissenters and more, the Point neighborhood has a rich colonial history. We will explore the men and women who worked and lived here, as well as the recent preservation initiatives that saved the neighborhood.
June 15, 11am: Colonial Women
In colonial Newport, women outnumbered the men. Follow a guide in colonial costume through Newport’s Old Quarter as she retraces the lives of the female shopkeepers, tavern owners, teachers and even a printer.
July 20, 11am: Newport Squared
Washington Square and Queen Anne Square have evolved into emblematic Newport sites. Both town centers reflect Newport's colonial history and the city's role in historic preservation. On this walking tour, learn about the historic buildings, important organizations and famous Americans who have influenced the evolution of these public spaces.
August 17, 11am: French in Newport
Explore the heart of 18th century Newport and discuss the year-long period in which roughly 12,000 French soldiers and sailors cohabited with the Newport citizens during the American Revolution. Learn how the French contribution to the Revolutionary War was vital to the success of American Independence—and it began in Newport.
Tours for September through November will be announced at a later date.
Purchase tickets for regular and monthly and depart from the Brick Market: Museum & Shop, 127 Thames Street. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 401.841.8770.
About Newport History Tours
Newport History Tours is the joint collaboration between the Newport Historical Society and the Newport Restoration Foundation. NHT, which received a Yankee Magazine Best of Award, offers the most comprehensive line-up of walking tours that explores Newport’s early history and are extensively researched for historical accuracy. Proceeds from the tours support both non-profit organizations.