The Banner Trail
With banners marking important cultural and historic sites, the Banner Trail is a self guided tour around Downtown Providence and the historic East Side. Here's a small sample of some of the sites you will see.
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This four-acre park with Venetian-style footbridges, cobblestone walkways and an amphitheater encircling a tidal pool on the Providence River has won many national and international design awards. On sunny days, the park draws pedestrians, boaters, artists and performers.
Rhode Island State House
Sitting prominently on Smith Hill, the Rhode Island State House is a landmark visible from most of downtown and many approaching highways. The building is a testament to Rhode Island's political, cultural and economic influence at the turn of the century. Click here to take a tour.
Roger Williams National Memorial
North Main Street
A beautiful four-acre park commemorating the settlement of Providence by dissident preacher Roger Williams.
Old State House
150 Benefit Street
Now a National Historic Landmark, it was in this Georgian-style brick building that Rhode Island declared independence from Great Britain on May 4, 1776. Known alternately as the Providence Colony House, Providence Court House and the State House, the building took the name the Old State House with the completion of the current State House in 1901.
First Baptist Meeting House
75 North Main Street
Designed by Joseph Brown, this is one of Providence's most important 18th century buildings and the mother church of the Baptist Church in America. A National Historic Landmark.
Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design
224 Benefit Street
1897, 1904, 1926, 1993
The museum houses a renowned collection of art representing diverse cultures, periods and genres.
251 Benefit Street
A membership library housing a noted collection of Audubon prints and rare books.
Stephen Hopkins House
15 Hopkins Street
Stephen Hopkins was Governor of Rhode Island when Rhode Island declared its independence in 1776. The house is maintained as a museum by the Society of Colonial Dames.
21 Weybosset Street
The first federal building in Providence which housed the Post Office, Customs Office and Federal District Court.
65 Weybosset Street/130 Westminster Street
One of the finest Greek Revival structures in the country, the Arcade was the first major commercial venture on the west side of Providence. A National Historic Landmark.
All pictures on this page were taken on May 16, 1998. This page utilizes information from:
Banner Trail guide maps are available at tourist information booths around Providence.
- Providence Banner Trail - a walking guide provided by the City of Providence and the Providence Foundation, 1995.
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