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Benefit Street

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Neighborhood: College Hill
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Address: Providence, RI
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with...
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.
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terrific way to get to know a lovely area

It was raining but did not stop me from walking a long length of this street as well as up Angell. Its just lovely.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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New York City, New York
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602 reviews 602 reviews
180 attraction reviews
294 helpful votes 294 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

It was raining but did not stop me from walking a long length of this street as well as up Angell. Its just lovely.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Start at First Baptist Church, the proceed south past RI School of Design, the Providence Superior Court Building, arriving at the corner of Hopkins Street, and the home of Stephen Hopkins, RI'S first governor, then proceed past historical houses on the right and very large houses of the very rich on the left. John Carter Brown mansion is at the... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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234 reviews 234 reviews
76 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

One can walk along this street and feel like they are walking in different parts of historical Boston. The history is tangible, and the homes are amazing. Great representation of early Americana.

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Orange County, CA
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119 reviews 119 reviews
13 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Benefit Street is an intact Colonial neighborhood with views of downtown Providence. Many of the homes have signs that tell when the house was built, who lived there, and some even name the architect. Benefit Street is a "real life" community, and is not made up, like Colonial Williamsburg.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

As you walk thru benefit st. you can visit, Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, is a historical place, nice area to be. Only a short walk away from Down Town. I know because I live here, and love the city of Providence.

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This street is awesome, it has so much history. In the fall, or summer, or spring --- it's equally great. The cherry blossums, the students bustling up College Hill to Brown University... everything about it is so great! If you head up the hill on the road perpendicular, you will see the Providence Art Club which is one of the... More 

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

classic New England Homes and businesses all identified by plaques with names of original owner. walking tours available.

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76 reviews 76 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

Take a walking tour along part of the Providence historical trail down Benefit street and you'll find a whole host of old, preserved buildings. Particularly fun is the building which has been raised a level and therefore has a front door on the second floor! It's pretty quiet with not much traffic and can easily be done on the walk... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Providence doesn't have much to see or do. The main attraction is the area around the campus. The streets are filled with old but well preserved houses. It's a charming neighborhood that reminds me a lot Boston and London.

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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Park your car and wander around the streets. Definitely best viewed on foot. The streets are clean and attractive and there are some wonderfully restored buildings.

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