The Whitehorne House, housed in a Federal period mansion, features some of the best examples of Newport and Rhode Island furniture from the late 18th century. View examples of work by craftsmen from the renowned Townsend and Goddard workshops, including artisan Benjamin Baker. Learn about the distinctive features of Newport furniture from expert guides. Enjoy a stroll through formal gardens, recently redesigned to feature a beautiful array of period flowers and plants.The House
Built in 1811, the Whitehorne Museum is a rare example of a Federal style mansion. It features an elegant hipped roof, classically inspired entry portico, and a formal garden. The interior is highlighted by a grand central hallway, hand carved details, and a significant collection of early American furniture.
Samuel Whitehorne Jr. (1779-1844) made a fortune in Newport through a variety of commercial enterprises, including rum distilling, banking, shipping, and possibly slave trading. With the town’s economy in shambles after the American Revolution, Whitehorne was one of the Newport’s last great merchant princes.
Built on Thames St. proudly facing the water, Whitehorne’s house was to be a symbol of his prosperity. Unfortunately, after two of his ships were lost at sea, he went bankrupt. Sold at auction, his house was converted to shops and apartments and gradually deteriorated until it was purchased and restored by the Newport Restoration Foundation in 1969.