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Benefit Street

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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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Great Way to Absorb the Feel of Providence

Climb up steep Steeple/Thomas street, then head right or left and enjoy the quiet and beauty of Benefit Street. Old classic buildings -- homes and institutions -- all just a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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419 reviews 419 reviews
146 attraction reviews
498 helpful votes 498 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Climb up steep Steeple/Thomas street, then head right or left and enjoy the quiet and beauty of Benefit Street. Old classic buildings -- homes and institutions -- all just a short hill climb from the river front. A different view than down the hill -- divert here some time when coming to see Riverfire. Walk up and down from Main... More 

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Rhode Island
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Take a stroll along Benefit Street from North Main St to Wickenden St to experience it all. Lots of historic homes and churches. Close to Brown University, RISD, JWU and downtown. Lovely in all seasons.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Wow, some of these homes are simply amazing; so old, so historic in nature, so we'll kept, so impressive!,,

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New York City, New York
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189 attraction reviews
303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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45 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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115 helpful votes 115 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 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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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
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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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