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Ocean Drive, which winds through Brenton Point State Park, became a National Historic District in 1976. The Drive runs along the southern shore of Aquidneck Island. The historic district recognizes the area’s rolling landscape as development expanded south of Newport in the late 1800s.
The area was once farmland. The Historic District Commission oversees all of Newport’s historic districts, including Ocean Drive. The commission approves all changes within the district to maintain the character of the drive.
Brenton Point State Park sits on Ocean Drive where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Colonial Governor William Brenton once owned this land. It was later the site of a mansion called The Reefs. The estate fell into disrepair and the state took it over in the 1960s.
The park also features the Portuguese Discovery Monument, a tribute to navigators. It’s windy here and a great place to fly a kite.
Newport Area Posts➤
- Beavertail State Park
- Beavertail Light
- Cliff Walk
- Easton Beach
- Ochre Court
- The Breakers
- Newport Historic District
- Touro Synagogue
- Old Colony House
- Fort Adams
- Brenton Point
- Marble House
Location: Ocean Drive, Newport, RI 02840
Designation: State Park
Date designated/established: 1976
Date of my visit: October 3, 2021