We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Touro Park, Newport, RI 02840

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 21 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 9
  • 6
    Very good
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1

No information at the actual mill, and we visited on Easter Sunday, so the museum was closed. Cool to see nonetheless. Nice park area for kids to run in, and surrounded by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
Add Photo Write a Review

21 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

No information at the actual mill, and we visited on Easter Sunday, so the museum was closed. Cool to see nonetheless. Nice park area for kids to run in, and surrounded by beautiful homes and church. My family goes with either the Viking or Templar theories.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Ignacio, Belize
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

According to Arthur Faram this is not a mill at all but a navigational landmark. According to his books the "Newport Tower" was first constructed around 1400 AD, destroyed sometime in the 1500 AD period and rebuilt the 1600 Ad period. It is a land mark added to Newport Island (Aquidnick Island) an important focal point of civilizations around the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Los Angeles
Top Contributor
312 reviews 312 reviews
259 attraction reviews
198 helpful votes 198 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We were walking around to find a grocery store and stumbled on the Old Stone Mill. I wanted to see it. We and everyone around us agreed that it was quite unremarkable. We took a couple pictures, shrugged our shoulders and went on our way. It is in a nice park. There were activities around it but they were all... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Albany, New York
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
38 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

And not really that interesting. This coming from and architecture and history buff. Skip this... Plenty of other things to do in the area!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Azle, Texas
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
35 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

This is the harbor lantern, according to Menzies. We've been all over Scandinavia, Iceland, Viking areas in France and England and never seen another site like this. Is it where they left they left the crew they had to abandon?

Was this review helpful? Yes
West Haven, Connecticut
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
48 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Not sure what the mystery is? There's no actual evidence that this structure predates the 1700s. The structure is in the middle of a nice park within a fenced enclosure. There wasn't even a sign or plaque anywhere with any information. The nearby storefront museum for the grist milk was closed. Wasn't really worth the walk to get there.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Living in Newport there are many mystery , this is no exception , many theories surround this whether Templar or Vikings one will never know, many study's have been down as well as archeological digs around the site something's have turned up but inconclusive so the mystery and legend still survives as a local we tend to lean toward the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Saint Peters
Top Contributor
254 reviews 254 reviews
102 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I love the controversy surrounding this tower, and it IS worth seeing. It is one of the oldest structures in the U.S. I walked from Thames street up and down the neighborhoods, and everything was fascinating to me - including Touro Park and this tower. It just doesn't have enough information or explanation with it, and you there really isn't... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Baltimore, Maryland
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
43 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The old stone mill, also low as the Newport Tower is an interesting structure with a mysterious past. It was built on land that belonged to Benedict Arnold, and in 1677 he referred to it as "my stone build wind-mill", but there is also evidence that the structure was never a windmill. Some think the Templars built it, and some... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Rochester, New Hampshire
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The Newport Tower, or Old Stone Mill, is an incredible structure. Regardless of which theory you believe on the creators of the tower, it has amazing astronomical alignments and other hidden treasures buried in the stonework. My wife and I went to the tower for the Winter Solstice events. Early in the morning, Newport Tower Museum curator, Jim Egan, was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4

Travelers who viewed The Old Stone Mill also viewed


Been to The Old Stone Mill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Old Stone Mill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?