Vernon House, Newport

Vernon House, Newport

The Vernon House stands as a remarkable testament to both the rich history of the region and the dedication of preservation efforts that have helped safeguard its legacy. Built in 1758 for Metcalf Bowler, this historic house showcases architectural distinction, rooted in the colonial era, and reveals a compelling tale of American history.

The Vernon House possesses a unique historical lineage that likely dates back to the late 17th century. It underwent significant alterations in the 18th century, believed to have been influenced by the renowned architect Peter Harrison. This rich architectural history makes the house a captivating example of colonial-era design, which remains well-preserved today.

However, it's not just the architecture that lends significance to the Vernon House. During the American Revolutionary War, this house played a crucial role as the headquarters of the Comte de Rochambeau, who commanded the French forces stationed in Newport from 1780 to 1783. This connection to pivotal moments in American history has solidified the Vernon House's place in the annals of the nation's heritage.

The house acquired its name from William Vernon, a prominent historical figure known for his involvement in the slave trade and his contributions during the American Revolution. Vernon purchased the house in 1773, and it remained in the family's ownership until 1872. The enduring historical value of the Vernon House drew the attention of those who understood its significance. In 1912, a charitable organization took action to rescue the house from impending demolition, embarking on a partial restoration project that helped breathe new life into this historic gem.

In recognition of its historical and architectural significance, the Vernon House was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1968 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This dual recognition underscores the house's role as a living testament to Newport's rich history and the relentless efforts of those committed to its preservation.

Want to visit this sight? Check out these Self-Guided Walking Tours in Newport. Alternatively, you can download the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" from Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Vernon House on Map

Sight Name: Vernon House
Sight Location: Newport, USA (See walking tours in Newport)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) Containing This Sight:

Walking Tours in Newport, Rhode Island

Create Your Own Walk in Newport

Create Your Own Walk in Newport

Creating your own self-guided walk in Newport is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Newport Historic District Walking Tour

Newport Historic District Walking Tour

The Newport Historic District covers 250 acres (100 hectares) in the center of Newport, Rhode Island, and has been a National Historic Landmark since 1968. Home to an extensive and well-preserved assortment of intact colonial buildings dating from the early to mid-18th century, the collection of colonial buildings here is incomparable to anywhere else in the US. So much so in fact, that in 1997,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Newport Introduction Walking Tour

Newport Introduction Walking Tour

Newport, Rhode Island, is where history meets coastal charm... From its origins as a shipbuilding port to its place today as America's yachting capital, Newport has been tied to the sea.

The city was founded in 1639 on Rhode Island, now known as Aquidneck Island, and was named after the town of Newport in Shropshire, England. Its history is a tapestry of religious tolerance and maritime...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Bellevue Avenue Historic District Walking Tour

Bellevue Avenue Historic District Walking Tour

Situated along and around Bellevue Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island, the Bellevue Avenue Historic District is almost exclusively residential, featuring many of the Gilded Age mansions built as summer retreats for the rich and famous around the turn of the 20th century. For the most part, these exquisite properties, once owned by the likes of the Vanderbilt and Astor families, represent pioneering...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles