The Newport House is an authentic
Williamsburg Bed and Breakfast where you can immerse yourself
in the colonial period without sacrificing comfort.
The Newport House was built to museum
standards in 1988 from the 1756 design by famous architect
Peter Harrison for an important plantation house near Newport,
RI, that was destroyed on its 200th birthday to make way for a
car-park. The Yorkshire-trained Harrison (1716-1775), a
resident of Newport, designed over 300 important buildings in
North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. He was the
first global architect. Many commissioned his work out of
gratitude for his having foiled a French invasion in 1745.
The Newport House is furnished totally in
the period with English and American antiques and
reproductions, most of which are available for sale (to guests
only) upon request. Each spacious bedroom contains two
4-poster canopy beds and historically authentic blankets. All
guests can enjoy their air-conditioned rooms in the warmer
months and a private bathroom.
A full breakfast in the morning usually
includes delicious dishes made from authentic colonial
recipes, and an interesting historical lecture by your host.
Newport House has off-street parking and is
only a five-minute walk from Colonial Williamsburg, the
College of William & Mary and the Law School. Within a
short drive are Jamestown (where English America began in
1607), Yorktown (where independence was won in 1781), the
James & York River Plantations open to the public
including Carter's Grove, Shirley, Berkeley, Bacon's Castle,
Wilton, Nelson House, the ruins of Rosewell, the grounds of
Westover and Brandon, and the Mariners Museum. Just to see the
historic attractions of the area will take you over a week,
but even if you have only a few days your hosts are experts at
tailoring historic tours to fit your needs.
Newport House is only a few minutes' drive
from Busch Gardens, Water Country, and the Williamsburg
Pottery. The almost deserted salt-water beaches (water 70+
degrees F mid-May to mid-October) are only 40 minutes away by
car. The Newport House hosts Colonial Country Dancing in their
beautiful historic ballroom. You can watch or participate -
beginners welcome. Guests are also free to play the
harpsichord if it is not otherwise being used. Your hosts can
arrange for you to rent colonial clothing, either for your
entire stay or simply to go out to dinner at one of the
colonial taverns. You are welcome to use the elegant living
room with a cozy fireplace, stretch on a hammock between two
pecan trees, or stroll through the Inn's gardens of flowers,
herbs, and vegetables.
Newport House's true authenticity may amaze
you. Like many of repeat guests, you too will want to
experience a bit of history over and over again.
Cathy Millar is a Registered Nurse; her
hobbies include gardening, beekeeping, needlework, and making
John Fitzhugh Millar is a former museum director and
captain of an historic full-rigged ship; he built full-sized
operational copies of two Revolutionary War Ships for the
Bicentennial, the 24-gun frigate Rose in 1969 (that caused the
founding of the American Navy), and the 12-gun sloop
Providence in 1974 (first ship authorized by congress for the
Navy in October, 1775). (The Millars have no present connect
with either ship.) John is also the author and publisher of
many historical books -- autographed copies are available for
sale at the inn.
Both are descended from people living in
the Williamsburg area in the 18th century. Their son Ian was
born in 1991. Also in residence is a pet rabbit, Napoleon