List of the oldest buildings in Rhode Island
This article attempts to list the oldest extant buildings surviving in the state of Rhode Island in the United States of America, including the oldest houses in Rhode Island and any other surviving structures. In the 1670s, most buildings, other than those on Aquidneck Island, were burned and destroyed during King Philip's War. Some dates are approximate and based upon dendochronology, architectural studies, and historical records.
|Stephen Northup House||North Kingstown, Rhode Island||ca. 1660-1661 (possibly rebuilt)||possibly burned during King Philip's War in the 1670s and rebuilt, later modifications 1712, 1850, 2004|
|Newport Tower (Rhode Island)||Newport, Rhode Island||ca. 1670 or pre-1492||Viking structure or colonial windmill. No roof or floors since the mid-18th century|
|Philip Sherman House||Portsmouth, Rhode Island||1670||moved from original location c. 1850; major renovation 1987-1990|
|White Horse Tavern (Rhode Island)||Newport, Rhode Island||1673||Oldest tavern in America|
|Thomas Fenner House||Cranston, Rhode Island||1677||early stone ender|
|Edward Searle House||Cranston, Rhode Island||1670-1720||early stone ender|
|Capt. John Mawdsley House||Newport, Rhode Island||ca. 1677–1680||with a large 18th century modification|
|Smith's Castle||Wickford, Rhode Island||1678||house museum, site of Roger Williams trading post, National Historic Landmark|
|Phillip Walker House||East Providence, Rhode Island||1679||research site used by Roger Williams University|
|Clement Weaver House||East Greenwich, Rhode Island||1679||early stone ender.
See also http://www.c1679.com
|John Bliss House||Newport, Rhode Island||ca.1680||early stone ender|
|Forge Farm||Warwick, Rhode Island||1684||oldest part of house dates to 1684|
|Daggett House||Pawtucket, Rhode Island||1685||oldest house in Pawtucket|
|Gorton-Greene House||Warwick, Rhode Island||1685|
|Palmer-Northrup House||North Kingstown, Rhode Island||ca.1685|
|Hopelands||Warwick, Rhode Island||ca.1686||western ell of building, dates to 1686, now part of Rocky Hill School|
|Peleg Arnold Tavern||North Smithfield, Rhode Island||ca. 1690||home of Peleg Arnold|
|Wilbor House||Little Compton, Rhode Island||1690||oldest house in Little Compton|
|Clemence-Irons House||Johnston, Rhode Island||1691||primitive stone ender|
|Eleazer Arnold House||Lincoln, Rhode Island||ca. 1693||National Historic Landmark|
|Valentine Whitman House||Lincoln, Rhode Island||1694||early stone ender|
|Smith-Appleby House||Smithfield, Rhode Island||1696||museum|
|Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House||Newport, Rhode Island||1697||one of the oldest houses in Newport, currently a museum|
|Great Friends Meeting House||Newport, Rhode Island||1699||Quaker Meeting House, oldest surviving church building in Rhode Island|
|Portsmouth Friends Meetinghouse Parsonage and Cemetery||Portsmouth, Rhode Island||1699-1700||Quaker Meeting House, original site of Moses Brown School, likely oldest church building in RI used continuously as a church|
|Samuel E. Perry House||||South Kingstown, RI||1696-1716||Located in Matunuck|
|Perry-Carpenter Grist Mill||South Kingstown, Rhode Island||1703||Located in Matunuck|
|Six Principle Baptist Church||North Kingstown, Rhode Island||1703||oldest Baptist church building in RI, possibly oldest Baptist church building in the U.S.|
|Saylesville Meetinghouse||Lincoln, Rhode Island||1704||Possibly oldest church building in Providence County, RI|
|Old Narragansett Church||Wickford, Rhode Island||1707||oldest surviving colonial Episcopal church in Northern USA|
|Henry Palmer House||||South Kingstown, RI||1721||Private home in East Matunuck|
|Dr. Charles Cotton House||Newport, RI||ca. 1720||Dr. Charles Cotton, a great-grandson of Josiah Cotton and surgeon aboard the USS Constitution, owned the house in the early 19th century.|
|Trinity Episcopal Church||Newport, Rhode Island||1726||Oldest Parish in Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island|
|Captain John Warren House||Newport, Rhode Island||1737||French Navy Artillery Headquarters 1780 - 1781|
|Elisha Reynolds House||Kingston, Rhode Island||1738||Now home to the Tavern Hall Preservation Society|
|Weeden Farm House (Willow Dell)||||South Kingstown, RI||1753||Located in Matunuck|
|Rocky Meadows Farm House||||South Kingstown, RI||1754||Rumored to have been a tavern. Located on Old Post Road (Route 1) The farm land is now protected by the South Kingstown Land Trust.|
|Henry Marchant House||||South Kingstown, RI||pre 1760||Located off of South County Trail (Route 2). Henry Marchant was Rhode Island’s Attorney General from 1771 to 1777. Between 1777 and 1780, he represented Rhode Island in the Continental Congress,and after the Revolution, Marchant served in the Rhode Island General Assembly.|
|Touro Synagogue||Newport, Rhode Island||1759-63||Oldest surviving synagogue building in the United States|
Destroyed early Rhode Island buildings
Henry Bull House, ca. 1639, was destroyed by fire in December 1912. This Newport house was allegedly the oldest house in Rhode Island until its destruction.
Roger Mowry Tavern, built ca. 1653, demolished in 1900 for the construction of a triple decker
- Henry Bull House, ca. 1639 possibly oldest house in RI until demolished in 1912)
- Oldest buildings in America
- Roger Mowry Tavern, ca. 1653 possibly oldest house in RI until demolished in 1900)
- Timeline of architectural styles
- There is no archaeological or documentary evidence for this, but the theory has persisted since the early 19th century
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