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Address: Touro Park, Newport, RI 02840

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Beautiful stone whatever it is!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 30, 2013
David M
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Warwick, Rhode Island
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Warwick, Rhode Island
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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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NJ
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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boston,ma.
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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
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

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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Bradenton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

When I visited my Danish grandparents in Newport in the early 1920's, Mother always told me that it had been built by the Vikings and since my Mother was born in Denmark and my Dad' s parents were born in Sweden, Mother said we were Vikings. It was nice to see the Old Mill again.

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Long Island NY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

This is a mysterious stone tower that nobody seems to know what it really is or was. It's called the old stone mill, but towns people say the vikings built it???? hummm, lets research this one!

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