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Address: 54 Washington St, Newport, RI 02840-8529
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Hunter House is one of the finest examples of Georgian Colonial...

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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This house is a gem! We loved hearing of its role pre, mid, and post-revolutionary war. Very exciting and intriguing stories, and our tour guide Jason was excellent. The early... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2016
Hudson, New Hampshire
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Hudson, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 11 October 2016

This house is a gem! We loved hearing of its role pre, mid, and post-revolutionary war. Very exciting and intriguing stories, and our tour guide Jason was excellent. The early American furniture collection was extremely impressive and I enjoyed seeing the different time frames represented within the house. The house is right on the water- be sure to ask about... More 

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Rhode Island
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Reviewed 7 September 2016

This is one of the Newport Georgian Colonial houses. If you like historical sites you will love this one.

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Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

This is a guided tour only runs every hour so plan carefully. I went because I had the family pass and rest of family wanted to go in pool. It's walking distance from Marriott so thought it was better than sitting at pool. It was but would not recommend to go out of way for this, It's a colonial house... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Our group of four arrived on a rainy morning and we were given a one hour guided tour by a very excellent guide named Jean. The home is named after William Hunter who saved the home from destruction in 1805. The home is prized for the quality of the interiors. If you start here join the Preservation Society Of Newport... More 

Thank Richard S
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

This tour was excruciating. Just random irrelevant facts--many about people and items that had nothing to do with the house--thrown at you non-stop and in an illogical, confusing manner. The house interpretation is profoundly incorrect and wrong-minded. It's a hodge-podge of eras, and the contents of the house have no proven association with the house. It might be nice furniture,... More 

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Bristol, Connecticut
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

A total waste of money!! As members to the preservation society we were allowed to go free of charge for this and we still disappointed. The only saving grace was the outside garden and the view of the harbor. Would not suggest people spend the money to see.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 7 July 2016

Hunter House is a beautiful example of a house built in Newport in the mid 1700's. The current house is double the size of the original. The 2nd owner duplicated the original house. The very knowledgeable docent told interesting stories of each of the owners and their families. The house shows how wealthy people lived in 18th and 19th century... More 

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Reviewed 5 June 2016

Sadly, I end up comparing this tour unfavorably with the tour of the Whitehorne House on Thames Street. Both homes give tours with live guides of colonial homes, and feature great architecture and furniture. But the similarities end there. 1st... touring the Hunter House is more expensive than the Whitehorne House. 2nd... the Hunter House bans all photography. We were... More 

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Vonore, Tennessee
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Reviewed 20 September 2015

This was one of our top two homes to visit in Newport. It is not one of the gilded age mega mansions. You go here to hear the history of the home and to see the absolutely incredible collection of colonial furnishings. We were shocked at the quality of the pieces-- furniture, paintings, porcelains. This home was the home of... More 

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boston, ma
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Reviewed 3 September 2015

The Hunter House is harbor-front home in "original Newport". The Georgian colonial is filled with furniture, pewter and silver from the 18th century. Raymond served as a stellar tour guide, very knowledgeable of the home's history and the families who occupied this wonderful residence. When visiting Newport, add the historic homes to your "must-see" list. Thanks to the Preservation Society... More 

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