Newport is one of the twenty nominees for Best Historic Small Town by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice 2016 for having a big history and small populations.

“Home of the highest number of surviving colonial buildings in the entire US, Newport has long been the summer retreat of the American well-to-do. The city of just 23,000 or so has been pretty much untouched since the turn of the 20th century when wealthy southerners began building massive mansions and estates to escape the summer heat,” the description about Newport says.

Other nominees include Abingdon, VA; Astoria, OR; Beaufort, SC; Bisbee, AZ; Dahlonega, GA; Deadwood, SD; Fredericksburg, TX; Hudson, NY; Mackinack Island, MI; Natchez, MS; Oxford, MI; Selma, AL; Sitka, AK; Solvang, CA; St. Augustine, FL; Taos, NM; Telluride, CO; Thomasville, GA and Williamsburg, VA.


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