Touro Synagogue National Historic Site

The first Jewish resident arrived at Newport, Rhode Island, in the 17th century, perhaps as early as 1658. Over time, the Jewish community began to grow, and they eventually needed land for a Jewish cemetery and a place of worship. The synagogue designer, Peter Harrison, was a British American merchant and sea captain, and he was self-tutored in architecture. Construction began in 1759 and was completed in 1763; it was dedicated during the Chanukah festival celebrations. Today, tourists can visit Touro Synagogue's grounds and learn why this place is considered an architecturally distinguished building of the 18th century and why it stands for religious freedom for all Americans. 

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Things To Do Near Touro Synagogue National Historic Site

Touro Synagogue National Historic Site is a place that has had a huge impact on the Jewish colony, religious freedom, history, and much more. In 1946, Touro Synagogue was designated a National Historic Site. While visiting, you will learn about the events that made this place what it is today through a history presentation and walking tour. 

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How To Get To Touro Synagogue National Historic Site

If you're traveling from the city of Newport, you will want to head west on Park PI toward Washington Square. At the first cross street, make a left onto Washington Square. Turn left again onto Touro Court, and then make another left onto Touro Street. Follow the signs to Touro Synagogue National Historic Site.


85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840

Fee: Entry fee (per vehicle, 1-4 adults) $12.0

The Touro Synagogue National Historic Site provides a great outlook on how the Jewish community found its place in Newport. You will also learn about how they began to make a living even though the odds were against them. If you are thinking of turning your visit into an overnight camping trip, an RV with modern amenities is a great way to stay as you learn the history of the Touro Synagogue building and its surroundings.