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The Old Stone Mill

Touro Park, Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #34 of 66 attractions in Newport
Type: Architectural Buildings, Mysterious Sites
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West Haven, Connecticut
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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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.

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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

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Saint Peters
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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

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Baltimore, Maryland
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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

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Rochester, New Hampshire
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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

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

In the park across from Newport Art Museum. I can see where it could have been a wind mill, and was probably built a couple centuries ago, Not a thousand years ago, but who knows? It's a beautiful structure and it's free to look at! Enjoy.

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Newport, Rhode Island USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

To walk in and around this mystical and oft misunderstood structure of history of the early United States is one that must be experienced. Take a leisurely stroll throughout the grounds and then visit the Touro Park Cemetery to read the headstones of the Revolutionary time period residents of Newport.

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Ocean, New Jersey, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

This park was located down the street from our B&B, so we just happened upon it. The park itself is lovely and the structure impressive, whatever origin you wish to believe it has.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

Why are maps still referring to this as the Old Stone Mill and why hasn't the area embraced this mysterious structure? It has been a topic on the History Channel and other programs of this type. If this is a Knights Templar structure or former church, why isn't more known about the structure or the grounds around it? A moving... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Although the rumors of this old towers origins are a great topic of discussion, the simple truth is that it was a grinding mill for corn on the estate of Governor Benedict Arnold, the first governor of Rhode Island. It even states it on the street side plaque. Only a few blocks down the hill is the Arnold cemetery where... More

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