PHOTOS: Keeping Warm in the Colonial Period
A guided tour of the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House taught visitors how early colonists kept warm during the winter in the 18th century.
Have you ever wondered how the colonists kept warm during the winter in Newport? It's hard enough to battle the bitter cold and rainy months with today's luxuries like heat and hot water, so the early Newporters had to come up with some ingenious ways to fight the lowering temperatures.
A tour guide dressed in a traditional colonial costume lead a guided tour on Saturday from the Museum and Shop at Brick Market to the Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, which was built in 1697. Visitors learned about the history of the house and how people in the 18th century kept warm by way of things like heavy curtains, bed warmers and fireplaces.
Patch was there to capture the tour in photos. Tours will run Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 at 11:30am. $15 per person, $10 for NHS members. Call the Newport Historical Society 401-841-8770 to make a reservation, which are required for the tour.