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Newport, Rhode Island: Mystery Tower of Newport Team Field Report

Touro Park

Touro Park St. W., Newport, RI
Downtown, in Touro Park. On the south side of Mill St., one block west of Bellevue Ave.
Lit at night. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Mystery tower.

Mystery Tower of Newport

Did stone-stacking Vikings erect this knobby tower? Or perhaps the Knights Templar, or globe-trotting Chinese? It endures as one of America's oldest and most mysterious attractions. Report... [09/09/2018]

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Mysterious Viking Tower

There is really no mystery - it's a 17th century windmill. The evidence is overwhelming. But it's still worth a visit!

[Jeffwagg, 06/14/2017]

Viking tower.

Mysterious Viking Tower

Thought you would like a picture of Newport's Mysterious Viking Tower. My sister and two cousins were in Newport and we wanted to see the Tower, which we found on your website. It's in a very nice, manicured park.

Parking is tight but it's worth riding around until you find a parking spot.

[Donna Capozzi, 10/20/2008]

A quick recap of who built the Tower, according to various theories: Vikings (1120 AD), Knights Templar (1398), Chinese (1421), Portuguese (1501), English (1583), colonists (1600s). The last time we visited the Tower it was besieged by trench-digging archeologists, so there may be more theories to come!

Nearby Offbeat Places

Newport Tower MuseumNewport Tower Museum, Newport, RI - < 1 mi.
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In the region:
Best Place on Earth to Find Cumberlandite, Cumberland, RI - 37 mi.

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