Hunter House
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Timed ticket required. Purchase in advance. Guide-led tours at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm. Hunter House is a National Historic Landmark and one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture from 18th-century Newport. The north half was built between 1748 and 1754 by Jonathon Nichols Jr., a merchant and colonial deputy. After his death in 1756, Col. Joseph Wanton Jr. bought the house and enlarged it. Wanton, a loyalist, fled during the Revolution. His house became the headquarters of Admiral de Ternay, commander of the French fleet, in 1780. The house later was acquired by William Hunter, a U.S. Senator and President Jackson's charge d'affaires to Brazil. After the mid-1860s, it had various owners until 1945, when a group of citizens, concerned that the fine interiors might be removed, purchased Hunter House and formed The Preservation Society of Newport County. Today, the house exhibits examples of the finest arts and crafts of 18th-century Newport.
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Jonathan M
Tuxedo Park, NY645 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
While much of the attention in Newport is on the Gilded Age mansions, Hunter House provides a fascinating glimpse of Newport life 150 years previous. Our guide did an excellent job taking us back to Colonial times and it was very interesting to see how the history of the house was in many ways a history of the country as well. Entry must be reserved in advance and this is strictly enforced since the size of the house limits the number of guests that can tour at one time comfortably. The surrounding neighborhood is well worth a stroll as you can see the largest collection of colonial structures in the country in just a few blocks. While the entry price is comparable to the other mansions and may seem a little steep we felt it was reasonable due to the ongoing conservation efforts and the fact that there was no gift shop to bring in additional funds.
Written 9 July 2023
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Mark T
Silver Lake, NH22 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Called, no answer. Left message. No call back.
Walked over a mile and NOT OPEN.
Web site shows as open.
Written 10 September 2020
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Ethan G.
Lafayette, IN14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
It was amazing the amount of 18th Century Craftsmanship that went into it! Also the amount of preservation that had to go into it!
Written 17 May 2020
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311kathrynb
144 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We toured this late in the day. The house was very dark as were many of the houses we toured (no electricity when they were built). The history was interesting but we were glad we didn't pay extra to see this one.
Written 11 October 2019
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bcnett
Stoneham, MA441 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The Hunter House is NOT a gilded age house. It dates from 1748 and is a perfect example of a Georgian Colonial. It has lots of priceless furniture, It is open from mid May to mid October and can only be seen by taking a tour at 10:30, 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30. It cost $35.00, so if you want to see this house, it is best to become a member of the Newport Preservation Society. Membership is only $90.00 a year for a couple and $105.00 for a family (two adults and al chidden 6-17). Another option is to join NARM for $150.00 which includes all the mansions and many museums throughout the United States.
Written 1 October 2019
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frequentraveler13
USA459 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
The Hunter House is a mid1700s house that was added to, and holds a remarkable collection of furniture, clicks and some into portraits. Be warned- it is only open to small groups at very specific hours- none of which are listed on line or in Preservation Society written materials. Staff at the house did not know this- and central office staff blew off concerns. There is even a flag outside that says open and plaque lists house hours without any notice that it is closed between tour times! Quite expensive as well.
Written 29 August 2019
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Christine
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
Our tour guide Priscilla was amazing and very knowledgeable about the furnishings, architecture and history of the house and neighborhood. We learned a lot about the furniture and design styles common during this era (the house and furnishings are generally set to the 1750-1800) and the variety within these styles. The Hunter House is wonderful contrast to the Breakers style of houses by being well over one hundred years earlier. We would definitely recommend the tour.
Written 23 July 2019
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BilB126357
Boston, MA79 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
I read some of the other reviews and the point that tour focuses very much on the style of furniture is well taken. There were definitely some dry parts to the tour. But, the house also does have an original work from Gilbert Stuart that was painted when he was just a teenager. That was far and a way the most interesting part of the tour. Again this is a colonial era house not a Gilded Age house, so the visitor should not be expecting anything like Marble House or Rosecliff. Overall, still worth a visit every ten years or so.
Written 21 July 2019
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L B
Tinton Falls, NJ767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
First, we joined the preservation society so access to this tour was free. Depending on your specific plans it may make sense to join the Preservation Society.

We loved the tour from Philip. Access to the house is only by tour.

Compared to other Newport mansions this one is small however it is probably the oldest one that offers tours. Before you arrive I would recommend checking the times for the specific tours that day.

I happen to like period furniture, especially Queen Ann and Chipendale. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about period furniture and the pieces in the house.

If you care nothing about period furniture and had to pay seperately for this tour you might be disappointed.
Written 15 July 2018
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Nol v
Haarlem, The Netherlands194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Friends
Hunter House was the last of the Newport Mansions on my list. The location is perfect; overlooking part of the bay/harbour.
It is impossible for me not to compare this with the other grand houses. This one is definitely the smallest and the darkest of the whole range. 4 rooms on every one of the two floors that are open to vistors. I would not say it sticks out, in spite of the collection that holds some very fine examples of furniture and paintings. Most of the furnitures is made by local craftsmen.
Written 12 July 2018
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