•The John Brown House: The premier 18th century mansion and museum in Rhode Island, home to the renowned Brown University benefactor. Guided tours offered year-round.
52 Power Street, Providence. 401- 273-7507
•The Governor Stephen Hopkins House: A museum and former residence of Stephen Hopkins, governor of Rhode Island and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Open May-November for tours.
15 Hopkins Street, Providence. 401-421-0694
•Whitehall Museum House: Once home to famed philosopher and educator Bishop George Berkeley from 1729-1731, this impressive building is set on the remnants of an 18th century farm. Guided tours are offered on certain days during the summer or for educational groups during the off-season. Christmas at Whitehall features volunteers in period garb.
311 Berkeley Ave, Middletown. 401-846-3116
•Green Animals Topiary Gardens: A small country estate in Portsmouth home to more than 80 whimsical topiaries in the shapes of animals, geometric figures, birds and more – the oldest and furthest North topiary garden in the US.
380 Cory's Lane, Portsmouth. 401- 683-1267
•Smith-Appleby House Museum: Built in 1696 by the grandson of one of the six original founders of Providence, John Smith. Noted for its unique second floor smoke room and huge fireplace. Open year-round on certain days for tours and costumed demonstrations and activities, as well as special events like the upcoming annual May Breakfast.
220 Stillwater Road, Smithfield. 401-683-1267