Talk:Prescott Farm

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Compiling information[edit]

I don't think the current text is factual. Here's what I'm getting via regular internet research.

Newport is located in Rhode Island, for the curious.


  • New England buildings circa the 18th century
  • 40 acres large
  • Originally owned by Doris Duke
  • Owned by the Newport Restoration Foundation
  • Open to public and showcases buildings
  • Was in danger of demolition
  • Contains the Overing House (1730) and Potter House (c.1790) which are currently privately leased


  • Original farm was called "Overing and Page Farm" in 1650 founded by Thomas and Edmund Nichols
  • Restored in 1973
  • 1654 the brothers moved to Newport (huh? then what's the Overing and Page Farm)?
  • --More information about the brothers and their family--


  • URI Master Gardener project simulates historical vegetable garden. Name of gardener is Susan Estabrook


  • Address is: 2009 West Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842-7963
  • Off route 114


  • Newport seems to be known for their colonial buildings


  • Aquidneck Island farm, it seems


  • "4-story windmill (ca. 1811), British General Prescott’s Guard House, and a ca. 1715 country store."

Ambush Commander(Talk) 02:35, August 16, 2005 (UTC)

More info! I missed two pages on the Newport Restoration Website:


  • Description "gentle sloping land, good soil, fields lined with stonewalls, and areas of scrub trees and brush"
  • Brook and two small ponds provide water.
  • Has original structures and structures that were moved there
  • Central is Overing Farmhouse
  • Burial ground is resting place for Overing family
  • Took part in American Revolution
    • General Prescott with 4000 men decides to stay here rather than Bannister House in Newport (Prescott was not well liked)
    • On the night of July 10, 1777, American Colonel William Barton led about thirty men on longboats from Tiverton to the brook's outlet.
    • They successfully abduct General Prescott and his aide. (one of the most successful raids)

[9] Wow, we could write sections on this! Eleven buildings, five on original foundations (so the other six where moved). Overing House is oldest.

  • Sherman Mill (Windmill)
  • Guard House (referred to as General Prescott's Guard house)
    • Small gambrel ("a gable roof with two slopes on each side and the lower slope being steeper") roofed building on edge of pond.
    • Prescott quartered his guards here, supposedly (oral tradition)
    • 1840, moved to rear of main house to replace an burned down ell
    • 1971, Newport Restoration Foundation moves it again, and shows "Pilgrim furniture" and "18th century frame on the unfinished second floor"
  • Hicks House (Country Store)
  • Sweet House
    • c. 1730
    • 1 1/2 story, broad gable-roofed
    • Moved from Middletown in 1970
    • Most woodwork preserved, displays rural island architecture
  • Overing House
    • c. 1730
    • 3/4 house plan - Formal 17th century builders like symmetry with equal windows on both side but the Overing house is not balanced, more like 2nd period (1725-1750) house, with the scale inside out like Hunter House in Newport, Rhode Island.
    • "The main features are gambrel roof, interior chimney, high ceilings, excellent woodwork, and a comfortable stair hall."
    • In contrast to the Sweet House.
  • Potter House
    • c. 1790
    • Oneco, Connecticut in late 18th century
    • Urgently moved to Prescott Farm because after being dismantled, it was deteriorating due to bad storage
    • Rebuilt out of context in 1984-85
    • Portrays Connecticut architecture like projecting gables
    • Frame and woodwork where intact

Ambush Commander(Talk) 15:56, August 16, 2005 (UTC)

Hi. Sorry I messed up. Thanks to everyone for being so nice! --Banana04131 17:42, 16 August 2005 (UTC)

It's okay. If you're looking for something to do, you can try adding in the new material to the encyclopedia article, and I can tell you how it went.—Ambush Commander(Talk) 17:55, August 16, 2005 (UTC)