NRF promotes and invests in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all.
As a leader in the preservation of early American architecture, NRF supports research and education in areas directly related to its collections and issues of critical concern to the field of historic preservation.
Tour Doris Duke’s art-filled mansion and enjoy panoramic ocean views from the extensive grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Open April to November.
Experience the only museum in the world specializing in 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts.
Explore 40 acres of open space, a tribute to the agrarian heritage of Aquidneck Island. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk for public enjoyment.
Newport Restoration Foundations holds one of the largest collections of period architecture owned by a single organization anywhere in the United States.
Celebrate excellence in historic preservation efforts within the City of Newport, Rhode Island.
Live amidst history by renting one of our many historic properties.
Help us to continue a lived-in legacy by making a contribution to our Annual Fund today.
Whether you’re growing lettuce or lupines, it’s important to know who to turn to for advice – the URI Master Gardeners are here to help! Bring in a soil sample from your home garden for free analysis.
On the first Sunday of the month at 11:00 am, these garden pros will speak on selected topics ranging from pest management to heritage plants. The Guard House and 1812 Windmill will also be open and staffed for public enjoyment. See below for topics and dates:
June 3rd: “A Walking Tour of the Prescott Farm Herb Garden” given by Johanna Becker
July 1st: SPECIAL LECTURE GIVEN BY GARY CASABONA (topic TBD)
August 5th: “The Three Sisters Growing Technique – the History, Legend and Practical use of the System” given by Betsy McClintock
September 2nd: “Growing and Managing Crops in your Garden” given by Susan Eastabrook AND “An Understanding of Elemental Soil Nutrients for the Gardener” given by Roger Laberge
October 7th: “Colonial Foodways of New England” given by Jeff Richards
How to collect a soil sample:
Using a clean trowel, take and combine several smaller samples in each separate area of your property that you want to test. Take a sample at a depth of 3-4" for lawn, 6-8" for vegetables and flowers and 12 -18" for fruit trees. Do not sample recently fertilized, limed or very wet soil. You can take the sample from different parts of the lawn or garden. Take approximately one cup of soil and spread it on a piece of paper to dry overnight. Transfer the sample to a small zip-lock bag. Write on the bag your name and the type of plants you plan to grow and bring it with you.
Weather dependent. This program is offered in partnership with the URI Master Gardener Program, Cooperative Extension.