BUTTS HILL FORT (H)
Off Sprague Street. Site was a key position during Rhode Island's only major Revolutionary War land battle, August 29, 1778. Old redoubts still discernible and marker tells of the battle in which Generals Lafayette, Hancock, Greene and Sullivan participated. OPEN: Dawn to Dusk.
Off Boyd's Lane. Site of the landing of the first settlers from Boston in 1638 under Anne Hutchinson, the first woman to establish a town in the nation. The Portsmouth Compact, an instrument which organized the first truly democratic form of government in the world, is inscribed on a bronze and stone marker. OPEN: Dawn to Dusk.
GREEN ANIMALS TOPIARY GARDENS (1880, #, PSNC) (H-1)
Cory's Lane, off Route 114. Eighty sculptured trees and shrubs, some shaped in animal forms. Espaliered fruit trees, a rose arbor and formal flower beds. Small children's Victorian Toy Museum. Museum store. OPEN: May 1-Oct 31, daily, 10-5 p.m. 847-1000.
Wapping Road. Tours of 20-acre vineyard by appointment only. 847-3777.
HERITAGE FOUNDATION OF RHODE ISLAND PARK
Prudence Island. 475-acres of natural landscape for hiking, bird watching and photography. Entrance to property on Broadway, center of Prudence Island. OPEN: Dawn to Dusk.
MEMORIAL TO BLACK SOLDIERS (H)
Just to the left of the junctions formed by northbound Routes 114 and 24. On August 29, 1778, during the Battle of Rhode Island the First Rhode Island Regiment, comprised primarily of blacks, made a gallant stand which thwarted a British attempt to flank the American line centered on Butts Hill Fort. OPEN: Dawn to Dusk.
NARRAGANSETT BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE SANCTUARY (H-4)
Prudence Island. Self-guided trail and guided nature walks; swimming, boating and picnicking. Ferry from Colt State Park, Bristol. OPEN: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Dawn to Dusk. 683-6780, 253-7482.
OLD SCHOOL HOUSE (c. 1716, NR)
Corner East Main Road and Union Street. Nation's oldest. Contains antique school desks, school bells and textbooks. OPEN: Memorial Day-Labor Day; Sat-Sun, 1-4 p.m. and by appt. 683-9178.
PORTSMOUTH ABBEY (1960) (H-1)
Cory's Lane. Benedictine monastery and preparatory school. Outstanding church in contemporary style, designed by Pietro Belluschi. Noteworthy interior feature of the church is a wire sculpture by Richard Lippold. The beautiful 500-acre campus, designed by Belluschi, is located on Narragansett Bay. OPEN: Year-round. 683-2000.
PORTSMOUTH HISTORICAL SOCIETY (1865, NR)
Corner of East Main Road and Union Street. Former Christian Sabbath Society Meeting House. Museum has a collection of early household conveniences, farm implements, etc. Julia Ward Howe and other notables preached here. Monument on grounds marks site of initial skirmish, Battle of Rhode Island, August 9, 1778. The Southernmost Schoolhouse is the oldest school house in Rhode Island, built in 1725. OPEN: Memorial Day-Labor Day, Sat-Sun, 1-4 p.m. and by appt. 683-9178.