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.

The Old Stone Mill

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
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 29 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 9
  • 8
    Very good
  • 10
  • 1
  • 1
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
Middletown, Rhode Island

Similar Things to Do in Newport

Add Photo Write a Review

29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Hamilton, New Zealand
Level Contributor
100 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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.

Thank qofdnz
Middletown, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
85 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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 

Thank heidi F
Level Contributor
137 reviews
45 attraction reviews
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 

Thank Stefan L
Level Contributor
10 reviews
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.

Thank RPGgame
New York City, New York
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

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

Thank bobcorr
Middletown, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
68 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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!

Thank 2S2P2L
Orlando, Florida
Level Contributor
73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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.

Thank ncdpdd
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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.

Thank Kerkenbush
San Ignacio, Belize
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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 

1 Thank Douglas S
Los Angeles
Level Contributor
361 reviews
298 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 230 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 

1 Thank LAtoEverywhere

Travelers who viewed The Old Stone Mill also viewed


Been to The Old Stone Mill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim 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?