Founded in 1639, the city of Newport offered a temperate climate and a wealth of natural resources to early settlers seeking religious freedom. In Colonial times, Newport flourished as one of New England’s largest seaports, a prosperity dimmed only by the Revolutionary War and subsequent three-year British occupation. Despite the fact that more than one-third of existing homes in Newport were destroyed by the British during their stay, Newport today still has the largest number of eighteenth-century homes of all cities in the United States. In 1968, the Newport Restoration
Foundation was founded by tobacco heiress Doris Duke to preserve, protect, and restore the city’s eighteenth and nineteenth-century architecture. The foundation’s extensive photographic archives have been made available to area resident and modern-day photographer Rob Lewis in the creation of this new and exciting photographic history.
About the Author
Rob Lewis is a resident of Portsmouth whose own photographs are often published in Newport Life. He has worked in Newport for many years, and his affection for the area is combined with extensive knowledge of its history gained through research and personal interviews with longtime residents.