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Address: Touro Park, Newport, RI 02840
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Intriguing Stone Tower

I have seen this stone tower many times. It intrigues the imagination. But - after researching it on line it is clear to me that the purpose of this structure is uncertain. There... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2015
heidi F
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Middletown, Rhode Island

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Groton, Connecticut
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to visit and take photos of. people who enjoy trying to puzzle things out and come up with possible answers will really like this tower

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Wonderful to walk around an area that has an existing windmill from the 1600's. So rare to find something like this in America where everything old needed to be replaced.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Why travel all the way to England when you can go to Newport Rhode Island and see something similar. While I was visiting this weekend no one could tell me who built this. Interesting and a must see.

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Thank Justin W
Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This little park is a nice respite from wandering Newport. Also contains a number of statues and lovely shade trees. Worth a quick stop. Located up behind Trinity Church.

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I have seen this stone tower many times. It intrigues the imagination. But - after researching it on line it is clear to me that the purpose of this structure is uncertain. There are a number of plausible reasons it was built. I would really like to get a closer look but the fence surrounding it prevents that. It is... More 

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Thank heidi F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Most scholars agree that this was not a Mill. No water nearby, no room for people or animals to power it and no evidence of machinery or a place for it. There is evidence of it being and early observitory. Niches in walls line up with light from windows on the Equinoxes. Common thought is that it could have been... More 

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RPGgame
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Majestic structure in the middle of a park. Really wish there was more signs talking about the history of it.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

Interesting. Mystery, stonework is worth the stop. Great town. Stopped as part of scenic trip to Boston

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Middletown, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Don't expect whistles and bells. But to think no one (at least last I heard) knows who built this or why. A small stone building, impressive stone work. Mystery. Read up on it before you go. goggle it! wiki it!

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Thank 2S2P2L
Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Visited many times when in Newport. Most recently as part of a homecoming vacation when visiting the Newport Elks Lodge - across a side street from the park. The area is loaded with history and the "mill" has a mysterious history.

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