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October 17, 2017

Miantonomi Tower Will Open To The Public Every Sunday Through August


Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) and the City of Newport, as part of the Newport Open Space Partnership, announce new summer hours for the historic tower in Miantonomi Park as part of the Annual Miantonomi Exploration Days. The tower will be open and free to the public every Sunday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, beginning June 18 and ending August 27.

This opportunity allows guest to climb to the highest point in Newport to view the city and Newport Harbor. At 30 acres, Miantonomi is the largest city-owned park in Newport and is conserved permanently through ALT. The site has a rich history and provides large, undisturbed woodlands in the densely developed North End of Newport. Explore the park’s hiking trails after you climb the tower, and enjoy one of the best spots for birding in Newport!

Guests are encouraged to explore the park’s hiking trails after you climb the tower, and enjoy one of the best spots for birding in Newport. Social and educational activities will be offered by a member of the ALT staff.

Miantonomi Park is located on Hillside Avenue in Newport. Enter the park on the Hillside Ave side and follow the signs to the Tower. No reservation required.

History Of Miantonomi Memorial Tower 

The area now known as Miantonomi Memorial Park in Newport’s north end was the seat of power of Narragansett Indian Sachem Miantonomi, was purchased by English colonists in 1637, and was home to Revolutionary war fortifications. In 1921, the City received the park from the Stokes family, and in 1929 the Miantonomi Memorial Park Tower was built as a World War I memorial.

In 1977, the City expanded the uses for the wooded park with the introduction of playground equipment, picnic tables, and a four-acre playfield along the eastern section and a stone wall along the eastern perimeter. Miantonomi Memorial Park was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1968. The Aquidneck Land Trust established a conservation easement on the site in 2005 .

 

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