Sometimes speculated as the the work of Vikings, built around the year 1000, or the Chinese in 1426-28, the stone mill has fascinated historians for centuries. Another attribution is to the Portuguese explorer Miguel Corte-Real built it and yet others say it is the work of the first Governor of Rhode Island, Benedict Arnold, grandfather of the famous traitor. Current thinking favors the colonial period of Benedict Arnold. Its twenty-four-foot-high walls are made of lime-mortared fieldstone and its interior is open to the sky. Arches separate the legs and small, square openings are scattered in the wall above. The style of the construction parallels with English windmills in Chesterton, the birthplace of Arnold
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Old Stone Mill (Newport, RI); Architecture -- Domestic -- Rhode Island;
Smolski, Chester, "Old Stone Mill in Touro Park" (1971). Browse All. 161.
stone mill; Touro Park; Newport;