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“Mill or Tower?”
Review of The Old Stone Mill

The Old Stone Mill
Ranked #40 of 110 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
Ocean, New Jersey, United States
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158 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Mill or Tower?”
Reviewed 15 August 2013 via mobile

This park was located down the street from our B&B, so we just happened upon it. The park itself is lovely and the structure impressive, whatever origin you wish to believe it has.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Elaine B
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NJ
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The Newport Tower”
Reviewed 10 August 2013

Why are maps still referring to this as the Old Stone Mill and why hasn't the area embraced this mysterious structure? It has been a topic on the History Channel and other programs of this type. If this is a Knights Templar structure or former church, why isn't more known about the structure or the grounds around it? A moving experience!

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank wcres
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boston,ma.
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284 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“Governor Arnold's tower”
Reviewed 9 December 2012

Although the rumors of this old towers origins are a great topic of discussion, the simple truth is that it was a grinding mill for corn on the estate of Governor Benedict Arnold, the first governor of Rhode Island. It even states it on the street side plaque. Only a few blocks down the hill is the Arnold cemetery where the governor and many of his family are buried. It's fun to imagine his estate which ran from the top of the hill down to Thames street. And we all know the story of his grandson Benedict! We also visited the Newport Historical society's museum shop where one of the employees filled us in on a lot of the history of the city. Newport is a beautiful city and the mansions sometimes overshadow the part the city played in the early history of the colonies.

Visited December 2012
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5 Thank ricka..
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Scotts, Mi
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20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Is it really a mill??”
Reviewed 12 September 2012

Located in Tuoro Park this is an oddity that's worth a stop. While the Preservation Society is convinced it was once a windmill, there are lot's of other theories that have it being built by everything from Knights Templar and Vikings to ancient aliens. Some of the carbon dating seems to support pre-Columbian origins.

This is really quite a famous place. There have even been TV specials featuring it. If you're at all interested, do yourself a favor and Google "Newport Tower" before you go. You can find all of the theories, including the one adhered to by the Newport Tower Museum that is just across the street ($10 admission).

Visited September 2012
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Providence, Rhode Island
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46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Vikings or ....”
Reviewed 12 September 2012

Lots of history and as much conjecture but a fascinating place to visit. Would not recommend it as a sole site type of thing but there are several other attractions around that make it worthwhile. Worth the effort!

Visited June 2012
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