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Benefit Street

Providence, RI (College Hill)
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Ranked #15 of 70 attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Owner description: A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in 1792, home to five... more » Owner description: A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in 1792, home to five generations of the Nicholas Brown Family (of Brown University) is a "must see" on the block. « less
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Oxford, Ohio, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We followed a walking tour of Poe/Lovecraft sites we found on-line. Benefit Street is lined with tottering vestiges of eldritch witch-haunted Providence, with cracked panes that seem to leer at the passerby from hideous alien dimensions. Quite charming and well-kept, actually.

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Marco Island, Florida
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21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This street is lined with gorgeous, fully restored (and occupied) homes high above downtown Providence. Some dating back well before the Revolutionary War! A must see if taking a walk in downtown Providence.

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U.S.A. East Coast
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Worth your time when visiting Providence. Its about a 1.5 mile walk along the historic street. Houses date to colonial times passing by Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and the First Baptist Church of Roger Williams era. A small incline as you go South to North.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you are looking for a relaxing walk amidst old school architecture and the authentic feel of New England, Benefit Street is a fun street to stroll. Lots of old buildings with historical markers, some tucked away cafes and restaurants, some Brown University buildings, a several hundred year old library, and much more. It's worth a walk!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

Strolled down the street after a late lunch, very picturesque. Nice and quiet on the day I went. Well worth a stroll

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

For a pleasant and relaxing day, walk this street full of houses from the 1750's on. Views over the city can also be enjoyed. An easy and interesting place to wander.

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Brooklyn, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

We walked only about for 20 minutes down the Benefit St and it was peaceful and quiet area. Narrow street with beautiful small houses and historical buildings. You will find restaurants and lounges along Benefit street but they don't open until 5pm. That part was really weird cause I don't understand how come people don't eat breakfast nor lunch?:))) anyway... More

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We only had a short time to quickly absorb some of the history and culture of Providence. We decided to do the Rhode Island Historical Society's walking tour of Benefit Street. We met at the Brown House, where we signed up and paid the small fee. There was one other couple on the tour with us. The tour guide was... More

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Bronx, NY
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

If you like Colonial architecture, you should see Benefit Street. House after charming house, each with its own unique features. While other cities have some colonial houses, this neighborhood gives you an idea of what those others once were. A bpnus if you are a reader of American Literature: Sarah Helen Whitman's house and H.P. Lovecraft's shunner house. Too bad... More

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ottawa
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26 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Parked here for a two hour visit of Providence...I thought I was going to roll back down the very steep hill in my automatic car but once we parked on Benefit we enjoyed our short walk of the area between here and the State Capitol Building. Quiet area in August...wonder what the streets are like in the winter!

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