Among the many other places to visit in Rhode Island is the State House in Providence. A beautiful domed building of white marble, it stands on a hill overlooking the city. The First Baptist Church in Providence is the oldest Baptist church in the United States. The city’s Roger Williams Park includes lakes, gardens, rolling wooded hills, and recreation areas. Also within the park are a planetarium, extensive zoo, natural history museum, and aviary. The main United States post office in Providence was the first fully automated post office in the United States. With its 66 carved figures and baroque-style organ, the Crescent Park Carousel, located in East Providence, is one of the finest examples of carousels left in North America. The Green Animals topiary gardens were started by Thomas Brayton in the late 1800s. There are 80 sculptured trees and shrubs, formal flower beds, fruit and vegetable gardens at the Portsmouth gardens.
At Block Island the bluffs rise abruptly to a height of about 60 m (200 ft) above the sea and stretch for nearly 5 km (3 mi) along the southern shore, offering spectacular scenery. The lighthouse has the most powerful beacon on the United States East Coast.
In Newport, long a fashionable summer resort, some of the city’s palatial summer mansions and estates are open to the public. Many of the estates can be seen from Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive. The Breakers, considered the most beautiful summer residence in Newport, was built in 1895 in Italian renaissance style. A 70-room mansion, it is adorned with mosaics and carved stonework, and contains the original furnishings.
Among the numerous historic buildings to visit in Newport is the Old Colony House, or Old State House, which was erected in 1739 and housed the general assembly of Rhode Island from 1790 to 1900. The Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House dates from 1675 and is the oldest existing and restored house in Newport. Also in the city is the Old Stone Tower, a structure once believed to have been built by the Norse. However, excavations carried out on the site in 1948 and 1949 showed that the structure is probably the ruin of a windmill dating from about 1670. Old Slater Mill in Pawtucket, now preserved as a museum, was built in 1793. Visitors there can view demonstrations of early methods of producing textiles. In North Kingstown is the Gilbert Stuart Memorial, built in 1751, which preserves the birthplace of the famous American portrait painter. On the grounds is an 18th-century snuff mill, which is still in operation. The National Lawn Tennis Hall of Fame and Tennis Museum, in Newport, houses exhibits relating to the history of lawn tennis in the United States. "Rhode Island" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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