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The Old Stone Mill

Touro Park, Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #26 of 66 attractions in Newport
Type: Architectural Buildings, Mysterious Sites
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Baltimore, Maryland
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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30 helpful votes 30 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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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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Scotts, Mi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Located in Tuoro Park this is an oddity that's worth a stop. While the Preservation Society is convinced it was once a windmill, there are lot's of other theories that have it being built by everything from Knights Templar and Vikings to ancient aliens. Some of the carbon dating seems to support pre-Columbian origins. This is really quite a famous... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Lots of history and as much conjecture but a fascinating place to visit. Would not recommend it as a sole site type of thing but there are several other attractions around that make it worthwhile. Worth the effort!

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Castalian Springs, Tennessee, United States
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

We enjoyed visiting the pleasant small park with this strange structure. No placards or signs. There is a small museum across the street that we were not able to visit. My husband has been obsessed with the conflicting theories of its origin, from mundane agricultural to Viking pre-columbian to alien hilltop signal!

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