Miantonomi Memorial Park

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Miantonomi Memorial Park
Miantonomi Memorial Park in Newport RI.jpg
World War I memorial tower on the hill at the park
Location Newport, Rhode Island
Area 32 acres (13 ha)
Built 1637
Architect William Mitchell Kendall;
McKim, Mead & White
NRHP Reference # 69000003 [1]
Added to NRHP June 23, 1969

Miantonomi Memorial Park is a public park between Hillside Avenue and Girard Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island.

The Narragansett Indians used the area around the park for hundreds of years and the park (and the hill it is on) is named after Sachem, or Chief, Miantonomi. This hill was Miantonomi's seat of power until it was purchased by English colonists in 1637. The settlers used the hill as a lookout and in 1667 built a beacon on the hill. During the American Revolutionary War fortifications were built on the hill, fragments of which still survive. In 1921 the City of Newport received the property from the local Stokes family. The Park Commission built a stone tower in 1929 as a World War I memorial.[2] Miantonomi Memorial Park's 30 acres (120,000 m2) became part of the Aquidneck Land Trust through an easement in 2005.[1]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Miantonomi Memorial Park" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-11-06. 

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