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The Old Stone Mill

Address: Touro Park, Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #62 of 101 things to do in Newport
Type: Architectural buildings, Mysterious sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Architectural buildings, Mysterious sites, Sights & Landmarks

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San Ignacio, Belize
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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 

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Los Angeles
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166 helpful votes 166 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 

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Albany, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
38 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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!

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Azle, Texas
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31 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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?

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West Haven, Connecticut
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37 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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 

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Saint Peters
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96 attraction reviews
129 helpful votes 129 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 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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42 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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 

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Rochester, New Hampshire
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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 

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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33 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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