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Taste the eclectic mixed drinks of 18th-century Newport! This fun and flavorful evening will be held in the Great Hall at Rough Point Museum. Sample various classic cocktails of early America, including historical rum, gin, and whiskey recipes expertly mixed by the Rhode Island Bartending School.

Join us for the first Whitehorne Day of the season! From 12-3 p.m., visitors of all ages are invited to Whitehorne House Museum’s garden for a fun afternoon celebrating restoration and conservation. Explore how NRF carpenters perfectly match centuries-old carvings during the restoration process and try your hand at cleaning historic objects with our museum staff.  Visitors can also meet craftspeople, experts, and shop owners who work in the restoration and conservation fields.

The Collective Perspectives panel discussion originally scheduled for 3 p.m. will be held virtually at a later date.

Whitehorne Days programming is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

PLEASE NOTE: Spooky Roam Around Rough Point is currently SOLD OUT! Tickets are required for entry. We thank you for your enthusiasm and support for our annual event, and look forward to welcoming you to the museum!


Join us for our 4th annual Spooky Roam Around Rough Point! Experience the museum after the sun goes down and the lights are low. Discover strange and eerie objects, go on a Treasure Hunt, enter our Costume Contest, and hear recordings of ghost stories told by the staff who knew Rough Point at its spookiest. Gardens will also be open for an illuminated jack-o-lantern stroll. Costumes encouraged, protective face masks required. We are also proud to be able to partner with Newport County Boys & Girls Clubs for this event!


To enter the Rough Point Halloween Costume Contest, be sure to arrive between 5:00pm-6:15pm to have your picture taken. All visitors will be able to vote in the contest between 6:15pm and 7:00pm. Winner to be announced at 7:30pm, and will receive a $20 NRF Museum Store gift card; entrants do not need to be on-site to receive the prize if they win.


Tickets are valid only during the date and duration of time indicated on the ticket. Tickets are valid for one hour from the start time. To ensure comfortable social distancing, entry into the museum is staggered. Make sure to download our app prior to your visit to access special tour information.


$20 for adults, $10 for students, Kids 12 under and Newport County residents are free!

Due to the wacky New England weather this past week, we are rescheduling our Garden Party for Thursday, July 29 from 5:30-7:30 pm – and new tables are now open! If you weren’t able to grab a table last time, reserve now to ensure you and your group have a spot.

Grab your fancy shoes, a few friends, and a glass of rosé to wander among the blooms in the Formal Garden at Rough Point. Ticket includes two glasses of wine per guest, with the option to purchase additional glasses if desired. Charcuterie boards will be provided at each table.

Tickets are sold by table; up to four guests permitted per table.

Mary May, founder of Mary May’s School of Traditional Woodcarving, leads a woodworking demonstration in the garden at Whitehorne House Museum. Discover how Newport’s distinct block-and-shell patterns are carved, seen on a number of 18th-century furniture pieces inside the museum.

Tickets include admission to Whitehorne House Museum on the day of the program.

You’re invited to join us for the virtual 2020 Doris Duke Historic Preservation Awards! We will be celebrating community members who have made significant contributions to the preservation and character of Aquidneck Island at our virtual event on Friday, September 11 at 6:00 PM EST.

Click here to RSVP and receive access link:

The Doris Duke Preservation Awards are a collaboration of the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) and the City of Newport. The awards recognize and celebrate preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation projects that help to protect the historic sites, landscapes, and overall character of Aquidneck Island. The award winners were chosen by a jury comprised of representatives from the Newport Restoration Foundation, the City of Newport, and individuals involved in historic preservation at the local and state levels.

This year, NRF recognizes the following projects:
– BankNewport (1930), Washington Square, Newport, RI
– Edgar House “Sunnyside” (1885), Old Beach Road, Newport, RI
– International Tennis Hall of Fame: Frieze Restoration (1879-81), Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI

Many thanks to our generous sponsors for supporting this annual fundraising event. Please visit for more information.

Celebrate the reopening of Newport’s furniture museum by picking out your new favorite piece of early American furniture or rediscovering the fun of Legos and Tinker Toys. Light refreshments provided in the museum’s colonial revival garden.

Rough Point’s rose allée bursts into full bloom for a few days every July. Savor this brief and breathtaking event with a glass of rosé in hand. The museum’s exhibits and grounds will be open for strolling.

In October 1968, the Newport Restoration Foundation was officially incorporated – fifty years later we invite Newport to celebrate the work that’s been accomplished and the exciting road ahead.

Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue
9:30 am-7:00 pm
Admission to Rough Point, Doris Duke’s Newport home and the site of the earliest NRF’s annual board meetings, is free all day. Stop by our special exhibition, To Preserve and Restore: Newport Restoration Foundation at 50, or learn more about the singular personality and wide ranging passions of NRF’s founder, Doris Duke.

Vernon House, 46 Clarke Street
5:00-7:00 pm
Vernon House, one of the newest additions to NRF’s collection of 18th century buildings, will be open to the public for an evening of community and celebration. Drop in to say hello, explore one of Newport’s most fascinating buildings, and toast to the next 50 years! Light refreshments will be served. Let us know you’re coming — register here or at the link above.

Our summer garden party is back by popular demand! Come celebrate NRF’s 50th year in 1960s style. Featuring ocean breezes, genteel lawn games, and summer cocktails. Vintage inspired attire is encouraged, and sartorial prizes will be awarded to the guests who best channel Doris Duke’s ’60s style (Search for fashion inspiration!). Bossa Nova tunes provided by the International String Trio.

Each registration includes one complimentary drink ticket; additional refreshments will be available for purchase.

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