The La Farge Restoration Fund at Newport Congregational Church has joined with three other historic Houses of Worship in downtown Newport to create the “4 Faiths, 4 Landmarks” walking tour. The tours were conducted every Tuesday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM this summer. They will be resumed in spring 2016.
Each guided walk of about 1/4 mile starts at Touro Synagogue, the first of the four National Historic Landmarks, then proceeds along Spring Street to Trinity Episcopal, Newport Congregational Church, and ending at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church.
Each institution provides its own guide who then escorts the group to the next site. For Newport Congregational, that is our own Andy Long, Outreach Coordinator and Property Manager. The accompanying photo shows one group assembling at the entrance to Trinity Church.
These houses of worship are historically significant in the story of religious toleration in Newport as well as architecturally and artistically unique. For example, Touro is the oldest synagogue in America; it was to its congregation that President George Washington addressed his famous letter on religious tolerance. Newport Congregational showcases the creativity of a 19th century, iconoclastic American artist. St. Mary’s was President John F. Kennedy’s wedding venue….Trinity is the oldest Episcopal Church in Newport….
For reservations and ticket information, visit www.4Faiths.org or call 401/290-7535.