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Samuel Whitehorne House -TEMPORARILY CLOSED

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Address: 416 Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
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+1 401-847-2448
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The Whitehorne House features some of the best examples of Newport and...

The Whitehorne House features some of the best examples of Newport and Rhode Island furniture from the late 18th century. View examples of work by craftsmen from the renowned Townsend and Goddard workshops, including John Townsend’s own desk.. Known as cabinetmakers, these craftsmen created some of the most highly regarded examples of American furniture. Enjoy this remarkable collection in a completely furnished Federal-style mansion along Newport’s waterfront.

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I didn't really think we would like this place that much, but it was only a block from the hotel and you never know... Turns out we were very impressed. This house holds... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 October 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2014

I didn't really think we would like this place that much, but it was only a block from the hotel and you never know... Turns out we were very impressed. This house holds priceless furniture and is very interesting. Well worth the guided or self guided prices, depending on your interest. I liked seeing the little bread oven, and I... More 

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Thank you for visiting Whitehorne House and taking the time to leave a review. We are extremely proud of the Doris Duke Collection of 18th Century Newport and Rhode Island Furniture, and we're so glad you enjoyed exploring. To stay up-to-date on what's happening at Whitehorne, you can like "Newport Restoration Foundation" on Facebook or visit www.newportrestoration.org. Thanks again for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

If you enjoy 18th Century Townsend & Goddard furniture, this is the place you want to be. We found that the Whitehorne House (Federal Style Mansion which was very nicely maintained thanks to Doris Duke) had quite a collection of early American furniture in excellent condition. We opted for the Guided Tour versus the The docent was quite knowledgeable and... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

This is one of Newport Rhode Islands hidden gems in full view. Located on Newports busy tourist street, Thames, this gift of American History and Heritage preserved by Doris Duke and the Newport Restoration allows you to walk back in time and see items of magnificent cabinet makers skills who lived side by side of the founding fathers of our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

The Whitehorne House features some of the best examples of Newport and Rhode Island furniture from the late 18th century. View examples of work by craftsmen from the renowned Townsend and Goddard workshops, including artisan Benjamin Baker. We found this museum collection to be one of the finest in REAL Early American furniture outside of the Smithsonian Museum. Some of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013 via mobile

My husband and I arrived early to our hotel on Thames and weren't able to check in so we decided to walk around. We stumbled upon this place and figured we'd check it out. They offered self-guided tours or scheduled guided tours. We opted for the self guided tour so we could see the house immediately. It was six dollars... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2013

As a woodworker dedicated to the Federal period, I could have spent days examining this fine collection of not only Queen Anne but also Federal period furniture. The moderator is quite knowledgeable - I wouldn't recommend the self guided tour. A few caveats: 1. look but don't touch. 2. No, they won't even open a drawer for you to see... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2013

Although it does have some nice pieces of furniture, they are not pieces you could not see in other/better historic homes. It really just focuses on the furniture, not the family, etc. You are handed a booklet explaining the pieces of furniture in each room. If you have time to kill, I guess it's something to do, but I wouldn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2012

The Samuel Whitehorne house is a hidden gem in Newport. Not only does it feature John Townsend's own desk (and what fun to see what he crafted for his own pleasure and utility!) but all the other rooms have exquisite Newport pieces in them, as well as beautiful silver, wallpapers, paintings and textiles. It is a small house museum packed... More 

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