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Benefit Street

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Address: Providence, RI
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A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with...

A mile of history is packed onto this cobblestone street lined with historic buildings. The Nightingale-Brown House, built in 1792, home to five generations of the Nicholas Brown Family (of Brown University) is a "must see" on the block.

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Nice place to visit

We were only in town for 1 day as we were moving our son to the area for a new job. We had part of a day free, so we decided to do a quick tour of downtown Providence. My husband... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Roxboro, North Carolina
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Roxboro, North Carolina
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were only in town for 1 day as we were moving our son to the area for a new job. We had part of a day free, so we decided to do a quick tour of downtown Providence. My husband and I were both suffering from back pain, so we did not get to walk the street, which would... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tours available if interested or you can take your own walking tour. Incredible architecture and history all along Benefit Street, located next to Brown.

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Thank Darlene43
Rhode Island
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Autumn in Providence on Benefit Street! Spring, Summer and Winter, pretty much the same. Benefit Street is filled with terrific stories of how it came to be and there are many walks available to learn all of the history here and in downtown Providence. Historically beautiful homes. Well worth anyone's time.

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Thank Karolye
Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

I didn't stop there - just drove by and took pictures, as it was really cold. But I think it's really nice for a stroll when it's warmer.

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Thank Nicole L
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

I spent the bulk of a morning walking Benefit Street, looking at the views of Providence down below and taking in all of the historic architecture in College Hill.

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Thank Deb C
RI
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

It is hard to see the sites in this area because of the toll it takes on your car as you drive through. The condition of the road is terrible. I suggest that you have a chiropractor appointment lined up before you travel this road.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

This is just a residential street, but it's very charming and makes for a pleasant walk on a nice day. Think of this like Beacon Hill in Boston. To turn this into an afternoon, walk down Benefit Street, see if one of the two or three mansion museums are open for visits, then walk through the adjacent Brown campus, and... More 

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

It was a warm day and I decided to go for a walk on benefit Street, which I had not done in a long while. The street is beautifully kept up, especially during the holiday season. Most of the homes where built several centuries ago. I love the architecture and age of the building and homes on this great street... More 

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Thank Bobbie W
Bayside, New York
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Benefit street is worth the stroll. See the History of Providence from its homes. The homes date back to the 1700s. As you walk along Benefit street there are signs that tell you about the homes. All the homes are well designbed,

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Williamsburg, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

There are so many beautiful and historic buildings to see along Benefit Street. If you want to experience Benefit Street with a guided tour check with the Rhode Island Historical Society at the John Brown House Museum where Power St. meets Benefit St. Along Benefit Street, you can check out the Providence Athenaeum, Brown University, RISD, as well as, admiring... More 

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