Providence experienced sustained periods of economic success early in its history. This, combined with a rich legacy of preservation, has led to a wealth of well-preserved American architecture. Today, many of Providence's historic landmarks are open to the public, including the RISD Museum, the state's leading museum of art and design; the John Brown House Museum, a landmark from the 18th century; and the Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, an American National Historic Landmark.
Historic landmarks and attractions are abundant throughout Rhode Island. Visit Newport's Gilded Age mansions and Touro Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in the U.S. Stroll the breathtaking grounds at Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum in nearby Bristol. Explore Woonsocket's Museum of Work and Culture in the north or head south to 18th century Casey Farm in South County. See below for more must-see historic spots in Rhode Island.