Mystery tower.

Mysterious Viking Tower

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Newport, Rhode Island

No one really knows who built the Mysterious Viking Tower of otherwise genteel Newport (We obviously favor Leif Erikson and his fellow redbeards) but professional and amateur tower detectives have their theories. Some say that it was just the base of a long-rotted colonial windmill, built by Freemasons -- but how can they be so sure when there are no records of the Tower's construction?


Most people feel that the Tower was already standing, and mysterious, when the first colonists arrived.

Was it the handiwork of far-roaming Chinese, or Portuguese noblemen, or Knights Templar from medieval Scotland (Massachusetts has its own mysterious Knight)? Was it meant to be a lighthouse? An astronomical observatory? Some say it was conceived as a kind of Statue of Liberty, 40 years before the Pilgrims arrived, by the great-grandfather of traitor Benedict Arnold. Its British builders, and all of their records, were subsequently lost at sea.

About all that anyone can agree on is that the Tower is made of rocks and is about 30 feet high. According to local news stories, archaeological excavations around the Tower in 2007 turned up evidence that it could indeed date to medieval times!

Mysterious Viking Tower

Touro Park

25 Bellevue Ave., Newport, RI
Downtown. In Touro Park, just east of the north end of Bellevue Ave., between Pelham and Mill Sts.
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