Reenactments

Living History in Downtown Newport

Every summer, NHS’s History Space takes to Newport’s streets with its flagship annual living history event. Dozens of costumed interpreters reenact episodes from the city’s past, with fun and educational street theater that welcomes audience participation.

 

A Naval Impressement Reenactment

In June, 1765 violence erupted in Newport when locals, angry at the British Royal Navy's practice of impressing men into their service, captured a Royal Navy long boat, dragged it through the streets, and set it on fire in the center of town. This reenactment event was hosted by the Newport Historical Society in August 2016.

Life During the 1778 Battle of Rhode Island

Images from the NHS’s Fifth Annual Living History Event, August 25, 2018.

Newport’s Old Quarter came to life during this living history event which marked the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Rhode Island and featured daily life in Newport during the summer of 1778 and the weeks surrounding the battle.

Image credit: Caroline Goddard

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