Hunter House

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Hunter House is one of the finest examples of Georgian Colonial architecture from Newport's "golden age" in the mid-18th century.The north half of Hunter House was constructed between 1748 and 1754 by Jonathon Nichols, Jr., a prosperous merchant and colonial deputy. After his death in 1756, the property was sold to Colonel Joseph Wanton, Jr., who was also a deputy governor of the colony and a merchant. He enlarged the house by adding a south wing and a second chimney, transforming the building into a formal Georgian mansion with a large central hall. Colonel Wanton also ordered the graining, or "spreckling," of the pine paneling in several rooms to resemble walnut and rosewood. During the American Revolution, Colonel Wanton fled from Newport due to his Loyalist sympathies. His house was used as the headquarters of Admiral de Ternay, commander of the French fleet, when French forces occupied Newport in 1780. After the war, Colonel Wanton's house was acquired by William Hunter, a U. S. Senator and President Andrew Jackson's charge d'affaires to Brazil. The Hunters sold the house in the mid-1860s, and it passed through a series of owners until the mid-1940s. Concerned that the fine interiors of the 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. The Preservation Society restored Hunter House to the era of Colonel Wanton (1757 to 1779). Today, the house exhibits examples of the finest achievements in the arts and crafts of 18th century Newport. The collections include furniture by the Townsend-Goddard family, premier cabinetmakers of the colonial era who worked in the neighborhood of Hunter House. Newport pewter and paintings by Cosmo Alexander, Gilbert Stuart and Samuel King are also on display. Hunter House is a National Historic Landmark.
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Mark T
Silver Lake, NH21 contributions
DO NOT GO!
Sep 2020
Called, no answer. Left message. No call back.
Walked over a mile and NOT OPEN.
Web site shows as open.
Written 10 September 2020
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Ethan Gustafson
Lafayette, IN12 contributions
Amazing Hunter House!
Jul 2019 • Family
It was amazing the amount of 18th Century Craftsmanship that went into it! Also the amount of preservation that had to go into it!
Written 17 May 2020
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311kathrynb
148 contributions
Not as impressive as other houses we saw
Oct 2019
We toured this late in the day. The house was very dark as were many of the houses we toured (no electricity when they were built). The history was interesting but we were glad we didn't pay extra to see this one.
Written 11 October 2019
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bcnett
Stoneham, MA457 contributions
A FUNITURE LOVER'S DELIGHT!
Oct 2019
The Hunter House is NOT a gilded age house. It dates from 1748 and is a perfect example of a Georgian Colonial. It has lots of priceless furniture, It is open from mid May to mid October and can only be seen by taking a tour at 10:30, 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30. It cost $35.00, so if you want to see this house, it is best to become a member of the Newport Preservation Society. Membership is only $90.00 a year for a couple and $105.00 for a family (two adults and al chidden 6-17). Another option is to join NARM for $150.00 which includes all the mansions and many museums throughout the United States.
Written 1 October 2019
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frequentraveler13
USA475 contributions
Remarkable colonial house- horrid marketing
Aug 2019 • Couples
The Hunter House is a mid1700s house that was added to, and holds a remarkable collection of furniture, clicks and some into portraits. Be warned- it is only open to small groups at very specific hours- none of which are listed on line or in Preservation Society written materials. Staff at the house did not know this- and central office staff blew off concerns. There is even a flag outside that says open and plaque lists house hours without any notice that it is closed between tour times! Quite expensive as well.
Written 29 August 2019
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Christine
11 contributions
Fantastic Tour with Priscilla
Jul 2019 • Couples
Our tour guide Priscilla was amazing and very knowledgeable about the furnishings, architecture and history of the house and neighborhood. We learned a lot about the furniture and design styles common during this era (the house and furnishings are generally set to the 1750-1800) and the variety within these styles. The Hunter House is wonderful contrast to the Breakers style of houses by being well over one hundred years earlier. We would definitely recommend the tour.
Written 23 July 2019
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BilB126357
Boston, MA80 contributions
Pretty Good
Jul 2019 • Family
I read some of the other reviews and the point that tour focuses very much on the style of furniture is well taken. There were definitely some dry parts to the tour. But, the house also does have an original work from Gilbert Stuart that was painted when he was just a teenager. That was far and a way the most interesting part of the tour. Again this is a colonial era house not a Gilded Age house, so the visitor should not be expecting anything like Marble House or Rosecliff. Overall, still worth a visit every ten years or so.
Written 21 July 2019
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L B
Tinton Falls, NJ523 contributions
We loved the tour
Jul 2018 • Couples
First, we joined the preservation society so access to this tour was free. Depending on your specific plans it may make sense to join the Preservation Society.

We loved the tour from Philip. Access to the house is only by tour.

Compared to other Newport mansions this one is small however it is probably the oldest one that offers tours. Before you arrive I would recommend checking the times for the specific tours that day.

I happen to like period furniture, especially Queen Ann and Chipendale. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about period furniture and the pieces in the house.

If you care nothing about period furniture and had to pay seperately for this tour you might be disappointed.
Written 15 July 2018
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Nol v
Haarlem, The Netherlands195 contributions
The house at Washington Street
Jul 2018 • Friends
Hunter House was the last of the Newport Mansions on my list. The location is perfect; overlooking part of the bay/harbour.
It is impossible for me not to compare this with the other grand houses. This one is definitely the smallest and the darkest of the whole range. 4 rooms on every one of the two floors that are open to vistors. I would not say it sticks out, in spite of the collection that holds some very fine examples of furniture and paintings. Most of the furnitures is made by local craftsmen.
Written 12 July 2018
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TwoT0Travel
New Jersey, USA277 contributions
Easy to Miss
Jun 2018 • Couples
Hunter House is located in the old historic district of Newport. It is on the water, close to the Visitors Center. It dates from 1748. It was a mansion of it’s time. Inside are displayed fine examples of Newport’s colonial furniture craftsmanship.
Written 2 July 2018
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