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Benefit Street

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Address: Providence, RI
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A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with...

A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in 1792, home to five generations of the Nicholas Brown Family (of Brown University) is a "must see" on the block.

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A lovely walk before or after dinner

We truly enjoyed the long walk on this beautiful historic street. Just reading a bit about the history and slowing down to marvel at the architecture made for a lovely summer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
tltallen
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southern NH
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southern NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We truly enjoyed the long walk on this beautiful historic street. Just reading a bit about the history and slowing down to marvel at the architecture made for a lovely summer evening out. At many spots the pavement is uneven, some bricked areas with upheaval of bricks, so do wear good walking shoes.

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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although we didn't expect a downpour but only a few sprinkles it only hampered our walk until we had to run for cover. The tour was well done and it was great to see the interiors of many of the historic homes on this great street. You can stroll just for the fun of it but wear good walking shoes... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Fab 18th-century houses in great condition that are on this street. Great photo op and to see how privileged people lived a couple of hundred years ago.

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

If you're anywhere near Providence this is a great place to go to see lots of examples of good art, great architecture and experience history of New England. Benefit Street holds many old Federal buildings as well as some examples of more artistic or eclectic architecture that have been built since the days of Rhode Island's founding. The examples of... More 

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manhasset,ny
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Great to see how the city has kep the very old homes in wonderful condition with all the owners. Not easy walking as the city is built on7 hills.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

An interesting walk on old street (watch the sidewalks they are in some disrepair). A walk there can lead to Brown U.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

If you are a history or architecture buff, be sure to walk down Benefit Street and see the classic housing and landmarks. (Providence is very hilly though - wear proper shoes and get some walking in before your trip :) ) The Tillinghast grave monument (Possible object of H.P. Lovecraft inspiration?) is on the southern half of the street on... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Real nice and charming street cutting across Providence downtown area.The street is primarily a residential street. A number of historic houses one nicer than the other.makes this a nice walk regardless of the time of the year.

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

If you were to look up online what a historic neighborhood is only one thing should come up - a picture of Benefit Street. The gorgeous and historic road is located right along side of Brown University and South Main Street. Home to everyone from college students to professional football players, the street is a must see for those that... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

A main drag with lots of pretty houses and sites to visit including the RISD Museum and the Atheneum.

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