Redwood Athenaeum

Library in Newport

Founded by Abraham Redwood in 1747 as an important archive of American history and architecture, the neoclassical structure was built by Peter Harrison who the library honors with a room devoted to priceless American portraiture. There's also a gallery with revolving exhibits and a quiet reading room, and a series of genteel concerts and garden parties is held here.

Guided tours run at 2pm every day (adult/child $5/free).