The latest in a series of Nanos hidden within a short walking distance of Downtown Newport, the City by the Sea. I will try to bring you to scenic views, bits of history, or just a plain cool location.
Trinity Church was built in 1726, with members of the congregation building their own box pews, to help defray the cost of construction. This resulted in pews of various shapes and sizes. Additional bays were added in 1762 as the congregation grew.
Trinity Church is home to the only remaining three-tiered wineglass pulpit remaining in its original position in the center of the aisle, in America. It indicates the importance of preaching during the colonial period, and the sermon at Sunday services is still given from it today. Most colonial churches had central pulpits, but many later moved them to the side.
On the south side of the main aisle, adjacent to the Clerk's Desk, is a box pew ornamented with engraved silver plaques commemorating visitors of special significance who were seated there. The earliest of these is George Washington; others include Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Andrew, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah.
From 1985 to 1987, Trinity Church underwent a major restoration under the "Save Historic Trinity" program to stabilize the grand old building, which had developed a serious list from centuries of pressure from ocean winds. After careful research, the interior and exterior of the church were painted in their original colors. The tower clock was taken down, cleaned, and polished.
Today, visitors to Trinity are welcomed by members of the Guides Committee, fondly known as the "Sitting Saints," who delight in pointing out all the fine details of the church. Tours are given per the following schedule:
May 1st – June 15th: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
June 16th – July 7th: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
July 7th – Sept. 1st: 7 days a week 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sept 2nd – Oct 14th: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Oct 15th – Oct 31st: Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tours are also conducted immediately following the 10:00 a.m. Sunday service year round.
The church has been seen in several films, including Amistad and Evening. The Tiffany stained glass windows are valued at more than $3 million, and the organ was tested by Handel before being sent from England.
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