Ida Lewis gained her reputation as America’s Heroine after rescuing two soldiers from drowning in their attempt to return to Fort Adams on March 29, 1869 in the midst of a great storm. Despite having taken over many of the duties of the Lime Rock Lighthouse Keeper from her father at the age of fifteen, Ida was not officially appointed to the post until 1879, ten years after the daring rescue that catapulted her to celebrity. Over the course of her life, she completed numerous other rescues and was recognized for her lifesaving efforts with a medal from the Life Saving Benevolent Association of New York, a gold Lifesaving Medal of the First Class from the United States Congress, and the American Cross of Honor in 1907. In several instances, she was the first woman to receive these awards. Ida acted as the lighthouse keeper at Lime Rock until she suffered a massive stoke on October 21, 1911, while refilling the lighthouse lantern. She died three days later on October 24, 1911.
Dinner will be held at the Colony House on Washington Square, Newport. Doors open at 6:30 for general admission tickets. VIP ticket holders come at 5:30, interact with the reenactors and have a signature cocktail and special, authentic hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are limited!