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Newport: Filled with History and Summer Fun

Posted by Library Blog on 06/22/2015 at 11:45 AM

Historically speaking, Newport, RI is filled with fun. According to RI.gov, Newport was home to the first circus in the United States (1774), was where Judge Darius Baker imposed a the first jail sentence for speeding in an automobile (1904), is the location of the oldest synagogue in North America which houses the oldest torah in North America (1763), and had the first street in the country to use gas-illuminated streetlights. The Legal Beagle is also happy to report that Newport is the home of the oldest lending library in America.

Besides having interesting and unique historical firsts, Newport also has tons of summer fun. For example, Newport has been the home of one of the most prominent folk festivals since that festival was founded in 1959. In addition to the folk festival, which is held at Fort Adams, summer also brings the annual Newport Jazz Festival. This year’s festival features performances by Chris Botti, Dr. John, and Arturo Sandoval.  

Not only is Newport an exciting place in the summer for a music-lover, but it is also an exciting place for a foodie. Stop by the Residence Inn Marriott Newport and indulge in food truck fare. Specifically, check out Championship Melt which claims to be the only wrestling-themed, gourmet grilled cheese food truck in the world.

Dingy by the ocean

Image courtesy of Kiran Valipa.