Life In World War II Newport

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The Mansions were shuttered while the Navy took over Aquidneck Island.

This glimpse at life in Rhode Island during the Second World War presents an interesting look at how much of Newport was forgotten and abandoned before being restored to its former glory. The video starts by looking at Providence before shifting its focus to Newport and Aquidneck Island.

It’s fascinating to realize that The Newport Casino (now the Tennis Hall Of Fame) had been heavily damaged in the ’38 hurricane and then just…left that way. Likewise, Newport’s mansions were just shuttered while their owners tried to sell them off to avoid the tax burden.

It really was a different time.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast History Correspondent

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