2018-09-13 / News

Historical tour will allow visitors to roam homes, including Round House


The Newhall complex, with the original Annex is in the foreground, circa 1905. In the background are the Round House and the Square House, which was destroyed in a 1991 fire. JAMESTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY The Newhall complex, with the original Annex is in the foreground, circa 1905. In the background are the Round House and the Square House, which was destroyed in a 1991 fire. JAMESTOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY Visitors will step back in time when four historic houses overlooking the Dumplings open their doors to the public Saturday.

Sponsored annually by the Jamestown Historical Society, this year’s tour features views of the East Passage with homes strung along the shoreline from Hamilton Avenue to Fort Wetherill. The closest to the village is Belcour at 57 Walcott Ave. The 1895 cottage, which was built for Dr. John Bates Johnson of St. Louis, was a summer house for his descendants for more than a century. It was sold in 2012.

Less than a mile away, the Round House at 104 Racquet Road was built in 1888 for Daniel S. Newhall of Philadelphia. The whimsical design is attributed to Charles McKim. Just like the house’s original name, Monitor, the design reflects Newhall’s fascination with the military. At the time of construction, the oval Martell tower of Fort Dumpling dominated the cliff.

Next door at 100 Racquet Road, the Annex is tucked against the rocks between the Round House and the bay. It was erected after the 1938 hurricane swept away an earlier building that housed the Newhall servants.

Bull Point, 4 Fort Wetherill Road, was built about 1900 as the carriage house for Harbor Entrance, the grandest of the lost summer homes. When the main house was demolished in 1967, the Hutchinson family transformed the carriage house into a rustic summer cottage, lifting the building onto a new foundation in 2011. It was winterized in 2016.

Admission is $20 to visit the four houses. Tickets can be purchased at the society’s website. During the day of the tour, tickets can be purchased at any of the houses with cash or check. The Round House also will accept credit cards and PayPal. Tours are free for children younger than 12.

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