The Historic Hill section of Newport stretches from the downtown waterfront up the hill to Bellevue Avenue where the oldest library in the US, The Redwood Library, sits adjacent to Touro Park. It is bounded on the north by Washington Square and to the south by Memorial Boulevard. The origins of Washington Square go back to the original founding of Newport and The Old Colony house sits at the top of the square. During Colonial times, the Old Colony House was the state capital building. Today it is surrounded by restaurants, shops and theatres. At the foot of the square is the original Brick Market where colonial residents would buy food and other necessities. Today it is home to the Museum of Newport History.
The centerpiece of Historic Hill is Trinity Church, which was built in 1726 and prominently dominates the skyline of downtown Newport. One of the most iconic historical landmarks on The Hill is the “Old Stone Mill” that sits in Touro Park. Legend has it that the Old Stone Mill was built by the Vikings, but despite numerous archeological studies, its true origin remains a mystery. Historic Hill is home to hundreds of authentic Colonial Homes that have been tastefully maintained and updated to accommodate the highest level of modern living. Real estate on Historic Hill is widely varied, comprised of condominiums, to small mansions. This Newport neighborhood is a highly sought-after location, with downtown and the trendy Broadway area only a short walk away.