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The Old Stone Mill

Touro Park, Newport, RI 02840
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Ranked #35 of 67 Attractions in Newport
Type: Architectural Buildings, Mysterious Sites
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Albany, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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
18 helpful votes 18 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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11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
127 helpful votes 127 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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30 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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79 reviews 79 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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