A Tolerably Dull Place of Sojournment: Newport in the 1840's
May 9, 2013
Thursday, 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 per person, Please RSVP to 401-841-8770
Before the American Revolution Newport was a center for trade; in the 19th century the city became a popular vacation destination. When did Newport transition from trade to tourism? The Newport Historical Society’s Adjunct Curator Matthew Keagle will answer this question during May’s lecture.
The decade of the 1840s saw Newport at a crossroads. Devastated but not destroyed by the American Revolution, the town began to reinvent itself in the early 19th century. Learn about this neglected but pivotal period of Newport history when trade, not tourism, became the business of the town.