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Newport Beach Hotel & Suites

History: 
    Newport Beach Hotel & Suites
 in Middletown

History

The city of Newport was founded in 1639 after a group of colonial settlers left Boston, frustrated by the clash of religious ideals. the Newport Town Statutes of 1641 included a policy of "liberty of conscience and religion", which appealed to those settlers who challenged the beliefs of the Boston Puritans.

The first settlers arrived on Aquidneck Island in 1636, following Anne Hutchinson due to her banishment and excommunication from the Church of Boston for her activism in the antinomian controversy. Puritans were appalled, but she remained stedfast in her beliefs. Aquidneck Island wa purchased from the Native Americans and is now known today as Rhode Island.

Anne Hutchinson and her followers settled in the north. Eventually, that group split in half and those moving south followed William Coddington and Nicholas Easton to what is now Newport. Settlers in this south settlement had began to practice Baptism, which in Europe, a popular belief of Baptists at the time was the separation of church and state.

The founders of Newport had a commitment to religious freedom and thus, Newport became one of the first secular democracies in the Atlantic world.

Quakers and Jews were among the religious groups drawn to Newport. The Quakers "plain style" of living can be seen reflected in Newport's architecture, decorative arts, and early landscape. Some 17th-century building still remain, such as the Old Stone Mill, the Wanton-Lymon-Hazard House, and the White Horse Tavern. The great "cottages" along Bellevue Avenue are some other architechtural marvels that still can be seen today.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Newport continued embracing its diverse heritage as various groups such as the Irish, Greeks, Italians, Portugese, Filipinos, Cambodians, and Hispanics moved to town.

Over the years, Newport has gained a reputation as being a playground for the wealthy during and after the Gilded Age. Although Newport tends to be a summer home for those with spectacular wealth, many of the people who have made Newport their permanent home tend to be middle and working class. Music festivals such as the Jazz and Folk Festivals and the Newport Music Festival are big draws to Newport every year.

In 1940, the Toppa family decided to build an inn at the beach, set back 100 feet for safety, after the great hurricane of 1938 wiped everything out. The New England Gambrel-style inn is still Newport's only beach hotel, offering guests the top of the line in luxury, space, and scenic oceanfront views. Memorobilia of the Newport Hotel & Suites history can be found throughout the hotel.

Newport Beach Hotel & Suites, a member of Historic Hotels of America since 2000, dates back to 1940.


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