Thursday, October 21, 2010

60. Southgate House

Built in 1814, this was the home of Richard Southgate who among many things was a State Representative and Senator. The home has a very long and interesting history. President Abraham Lincoln once a guest in the house and Richard’s son William Southgate, who was a U.S. Representative, once lived here as well. In 1894, a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in this house. General John Thompson, inventor of the infamous “Tommy Gun” was born in this house.

The home once served as a venue for live performances by many local and national acts. Its grand ballroom and stage made for a great place to watch a show. There was also a gallery on the third floor which was used to display works for many up and coming artists. The Southgate House closed its doors in December, 2011 and in 2012 reopened as another music venue - The Thompson House.

Southgate House
24 East 3rd Street, Newport

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