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Governor Henry Lippitt House

Indoor $
Educational, Cultural, Historical
199 Hope St, Providence, RI
URL: Governor Henry Lippitt House...  Phone: 401-453-0688

Activity Overview

Step back in time to the Victorian era as you tour the well-preserved, 19th-century estate of the Lippitt family, prominent politicians and civic leaders in the state of Rhode Island for many years.

Built in 1865, this home was occupied by former Rhode Island Governor Henry Lippitt, his wife and their six children, several of whom became leaders in their own right, serving as Governor, Senator and Founder of the Providence chapter of the American Red Cross.

Descendants of the Lippitt family include the current Governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee, who also served as a U.S. Senator, and his father, John Chafee, a former U.S. Senator and Governor of Rhode Island.

Things to Do

  • Stroll through this historic home's 30 rooms and appreciate the ornate woodwork and stained glass windows.
  • Inspect the original furnishings on display as well as the pioneering mechanical systems.
  • Check the calendar for one of the Lippitt House programs, such as a lecture on Victorian furniture.

Governor Henry Lippitt House Insider Tips

  • Guided tours are available on Fridays from May to October at the top of each hour from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Guided tours may be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance during the rest of the year and are based on guide availability.
  • Free tours for children 12 and under and active military personnel.
  • Visitors must be able to climb several staircases to view the entire house.

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