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Colony House, Newport

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The Old Colony House, also known as Old State House or Newport Colony House, is located at the east end of Washington Square in the city of Newport, Rhode Island, United States. It is a brick Georgian-style building completed in 1741, and was the meeting place for the colonial legislature. From independence to the early 20th century the state legislature alternated its sessions between here and the Rhode Island State House in Providence.
It has not been altered much since its construction. As one of the best-kept surviving Georgian public buildings in the United States from the colonial era, it was designated a National Historic Landmark (NHL) in 1960. It is also a contributing property to the Newport Historic District, later designated an NHL itself. It is still owned by the state, but managed as a museum by the Newport Historical Society.
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  • I think this served as many different purposes. It was a meeting place, a church and a government building.  more »
  • Rhode Island once had a unique system of having state houses in several cities. Newport had one of these statewide state houses. Today all state government is in Providence. It's worth a visit. The ma...  more »
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  • A spinning bee was presented by a local historical group. Dressed in period items, various players presented on the processes involved in garment making and the role homespun garments played in the American Revolution. The person who talked about flax was particularly good. What a great idea to hold the presentation in the town meeting center where such an event would have taken place so long ago. The historical building in excellent shape...well preserved.
  • Take the tour it's very interesting to learn how our ancestors lived

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