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Amazing House on a Rock Island in Narragansett Bay, Newport RI by Jane Neill-Hancock

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Featured in Beautiful New England Coast, 9-Sep-2012
Top Ten Winner in the Voucher Challenge, Shelters Group, 15-Sep-12

This was an amazing house in the middle of Narragansett Bay, Newport RI. On our boat tour we passed close by it – there was no access to this rock island except by boat. wonderful home – would love to live there myself. The tour guide on the boat said something about them talking about building a tunnel out to the island but it was never completed. you can see from the boats to the left of the house that it was close enough to the shore that there are sailboats anchored, yet it was too far to reach except by boat.

LOVED IT. At the time I first posted this photo I called this the Rock house. A fellow RB member from RI gave me the name of the house as Klingstone, and with a little research on the web and the help of Wikipedia I found out information on this treasure.

It is actually named Clingstone and is a house built in 1905, perched atop a small, rocky island in an island group called “The Dumplings” in Narragansett Bay, near Jamestown, Rhode Island.

The dwelling, designed by Philadelphia socialite J. S. Lovering Wharton and artist William Trost Richards, is a three-story 23-room 10,000-square-foot shingle-style cottage. The structural system of heavy mill-type framing was designed to withstand hurricane force winds. The name “Clingstone” was suggested by a remark that it was “a peach of a house”. In August 2010 the interior was documented in a series of panoramic photographs.

The original owner, relative of industrialist Joseph Wharton, built the house in response to the government condemning his earlier summer home in order to build Fort Wetherill. Wharton summered there until his death in the 1930s. Heavily damaged by a hurricane in 1938, the residence was vacant from the time of his wife’s death in 1941 until it was purchased in 1961 by Boston architect Henry Wood. Wood, a distant cousin of the Philadelphia Whartons, was able to purchase the property for $3,500, the amount owed in back taxes. The house is known by locals as “The House on a Rock”.

My name is Jane. I am an artist, writer, photographer, and an admirer of the arts. Here on RB I share my photography, writing, collages and art, and host many groups. I hope you enjoy my work.

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  • TomG88
    TomG88over 2 years ago

    Hi Jane. I guess you weren’t kidding, you do really like Newport. That house is called Klingstone (for obvious reasons). The area that it is located in in Jamestown harbor is known as the Dumplings because there are many small rocky islands that presumably resemble dumplings in a bowl of soup. A friend of mine rented that place for a month a few years ago, I finally got to see the inside. It is a remarkable place. Pretty spacious with an old school nautical flavor. Supposedly one of the former owners was a renowned atomic physicist who worked on some projects of national security in the 40’s or 50’s, and there remain in the house a few scientific artifacts along those lines, as an extra strange twist. An interesting place indeed but I don’t think I could live there – too wet and windy. Great place to see, though. I took a picture of it which I had on Redbubble a while back, maybe I’ll repost it. I like your pix of Newport, btw, and the rest of what I saw as well. Also, your group about roses looks to have some great things, I find roses to be a challenging and fun subject to paint. Cheers! – Tom

  • thanks Tom. it is always fun to learn more about these unusual places. did you get any photos of the inside? So glad you joined my Roses group – will enjoy seeing your work. blessings – jane

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • nancie
    nancieover 2 years ago

  • thank you SO much Nancie – this is an honor!

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • aprilann
    aprilannover 2 years ago

    Your image is a Top Ten Winner in the Voucher challenge!
    Your image will be featured on our Facebook page
    Excellent job!

    your host,

  • thanks so much for this banner – so happy I placed in the top ten. an honor.

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejabout 2 years ago

    ×°×Congratulations on your very wonderful and well deserved feature!!×°×

  • thank you so much Linda. I just love this house – would love to be able to see the inside and live there I think…

    – Jane Neill-Hancock

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