Brenton Point State Park, Newport

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Brenton Point State Park is a Rhode Island state park located on Aquidneck Island in the town of Newport. The park's location off Ocean Drive offers majestic vistas of the Atlantic Ocean as it meets Narragansett Bay.
The point was named after Governor William Brenton, an early settler, who owned the land as a large farm in the 17th century. Brenton originally called the area "Hammersmith" after his hometown in England. The original name survives in the name of Hammersmith Farm, an estate on the point later owned by the family of First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis.
In 1776, during the American Revolution, a battery was set up on the southwest part of Brenton Point as a coastal defense. About 1876, lawyer and businessman Theodore M. Davis built a mansion known as "The Reefs" (later "The Bells") on the property. About 1915, the Budlong family purchased the property.
During World War II, Brenton Point was also considered a strategic defense area, as it overlooks the entrance to the East Passage, which allows access to Newport and to Conanicut Island. The home was seized during the Second World War in order to erect a coastal defense battery. At war's end, the battery was dismantled and the property returned to the Budlongs, who donated the land to the state for a public park. One of the original four circular concrete "Panama mounts", built for towed 155 mm guns, remains in place.
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  • It is terrific to have plenty of space to park and enjoy the great view of the ocean. Park here and walk/run along ocean drive.  more »
  • Nice park to walk, kite, sit by the sea or ride bikes. Right on the water. Plenty of parking too. Public  more »
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  • Another amazing state park in Rhode Island. This one is a particular favorite of my wife and I. Even in this cold weather it's such an enjoyable place to walk. Not only do you get a great view of the coastline, but also a great trail to walk on, and the tower to observe from. There's a ton of interesting history behind that building, and the remnants of another on the coastline, but my wife is more well versed in that than I am! Highly recommend going here and spending a morning or afternoon.
  • This spot is a real gem in Newport, RI. Great views of the opening of Narragansett bay and a fantastic sunset location. Lots of space to walk and many picnic spots. There is a lot of free parking but, it does fill up in the summer on nice days.

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