About The Point
Nicolas Easton, a founder of Newport, first settled in the Point in the 17th century. Easton's heirs divided the property into lots in 1725 and sold parcels to many of Newport's early tradesmen and merchants.
The growth and changes in the Point may be seen in the maps contained in the Newport Map Project. Starting with the 18th century grid of the Point to the construction of the Cliborne Pell Newport Bridge in the 1960s. http://newportmapproject.weebly.com
Thanks to the restoration efforts of Operation Clapboard, The Newport Restoration Foundation and The Preservation Society of Newport County, the Point has the largest collection of Colonial Homes in the world. As you walk through the Point you will see different plaques that tell the story of these restorations.
Houses with a plaque that has an acorn and an OC on them were restored by Operation Clapboard a grassroots effort which was founded by Point Association members. Operation Clapboard saved over 80 houses in the 1960's and 1970's. Here is a list of Operation Clapboard Houses compiled by Salve Regina students in 2012. Operation Clapboard Houses.pdf
Hear more about Operation Clapboard from Robert Foley on our Oral Histories page. Newport Historical Society also has an excellent collection of photos of Operation Clapboard. Here is an index of what they have. Contact them directly to arrange to see the collection. Operation Clapboard NHS Collection.pdf
Houses with "NRF" on their plaque were restored by The Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) which was created in 1968 by Doris Duke. NRF restored and owns 27 colonials homes in the Point. http://www.newportrestoration.org/sup/files/walking_map-point.pdf
The Point is also home to Hunter House, one of the finest Georgian Colonial Architecture houses. Concerned that the fine interiors of the Hunter House would be purchased and removed from the building, a small group of concerned citizens led by Mrs. George Henry Warren initiated a preservation effort, purchasing the house in 1945 and forming The Preservation Society of Newport County. http://www.newportmansions.org/explore/hunter-house
The Point is part of the Historic District a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service National Register of Historic Landmarks Newport Historic District (Designated November 24, 1968, boundary revision and updated documentation approved October 6, 2008.) Houses that have a bronze plaque indicating National Register status have been recognized by The National Register of Historic Places. http://www.preservation.ri.gov/pdfs_zips_downloads/national_pdfs/newport/newp_newport-hd.pdf
The next few pages will tell you more about our unique neighborhood:
Gallery of the Historic Homes of the Point
PO Box 491, Newport, RI 02840
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