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White Horse Tavern, Newport

  • Address: 26 Marlborough St
  • Vicinity: Farewell St
  • Phone: 401.849.3600
  • Travel Genus: Eats , Sight
  • Sight Category: Building
  • Eatery Category: Upscale Dining
  • Eatery Type: Restaurant
  • Available for private functions



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1670/00/00 The White Horse Tavern is built, probably before 1673, as only a two-room, two-story house with a large pilastered brick chimney.
1673/00/00 Pirate and privateer, William Mayes acquires a private residence, but he will soon make it into a tavern.
1687/00/00 William Mayes is granted a liquor license as early as 1687.
1702/00/00 Pirate William Mayes Jr, follows his father as innkeeper. His sister Mary Mayes Nichols and her husband, Robert Nichols, will be innkeepers after William.
1730/00/00 Jonathan Nichols Jr Owner Owner Jonathan Nichols hangs the White Horse sign.
1739/00/00 The Town Council meets at Mayes's tavern, as does the colony's General Assembly (according to tradition), until Richard Munday's Colony House is built.
1776/00/00 Proprietor Walter Nichols moves his family out of the White Horse and Newport as Hessian mercenaries are billeted in the tavern by the British during the Revolutionary War.
1895/11/00 The Nichols family sells the White Horse tavern to Thomas and Bridget Preece. Following owners will include their sons, James J Preece and William Preece. Who are succeeded by Mary A Clifford, Frederick Clifford and William F Preece.
1954/00/00 Via a donation by the Van Beuren family, the tavern is acquired by the Preservation Society of Newport County.
1957/00/00 After a restoration led by Ralph E Carpenter, the White Horse Tavern re-opens.

Eat and Drink »

Eats Time Dinner
Eats Eatery
Eats Time Lunch
Eatery Type Restaurant
Eatery Category Upscale Dining

Data »

Particulars for White Horse Tavern, Newport:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Historic Use City or Town Hall
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Hotel
Level of Significance Local
Area of Significance Politics-government
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 23rd February 1972

Registry Name: White Horse Tavern
Registry Address: 26 Marlborough St.
Registry Number: 72000032
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Contributing Buildings: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Politics-government, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1650-1699
Significant Year: c 1673
Historic Function: Domestic, Government
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Hotel, City Hall
Current Function: Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Restaurant

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