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“This is a Must!”
Review of Benefit Street

Benefit Street
Ranked #14 of 118 things to do in Providence
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Texas
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“This is a Must!”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

We only had a short time to quickly absorb some of the history and culture of Providence. We decided to do the Rhode Island Historical Society's walking tour of Benefit Street.

We met at the Brown House, where we signed up and paid the small fee. There was one other couple on the tour with us.

The tour guide was extremely pleasant and happy to answer any questions. She gave us a lot of information about Benefit Street and the history of Providence, from the original founding of the city.

The highlight for us was the Athanaeum library.

We would strongly recommend this to any new visitors to Providence.

Visited September 2013
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Bronx, NY
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52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beautiful Houses”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

If you like Colonial architecture, you should see Benefit Street. House after charming house, each with its own unique features. While other cities have some colonial houses, this neighborhood gives you an idea of what those others once were. A bpnus if you are a reader of American Literature: Sarah Helen Whitman's house and H.P. Lovecraft's shunner house. Too bad neither of them are open to visitors -- but on the other hand it is wonderful that it is still an actual neighborhood.

Visited August 2013
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ottawa
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139 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Historic Walk”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

Parked here for a two hour visit of Providence...I thought I was going to roll back down the very steep hill in my automatic car but once we parked on Benefit we enjoyed our short walk of the area between here and the State Capitol Building. Quiet area in August...wonder what the streets are like in the winter!

Visited August 2013
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NH
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144 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“typical New England colonial”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

I guess if you don't live in New England this street may seem unusual. But this street looks like entire neighborhoods in Boston, MA, Lexington, MA, Portsmouth NH, Bath, ME, etc.

Visited September 2013
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Hamilton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“lovely area”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

loved the walk around this area as it is crammed full of interesting old buildings each of which have plaques giving the history and stories of its previous occupants and place in the city.

Visited August 2013
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