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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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Amazing street restoration

A complete step back in time walking this street. Highly recommended. Mostly private homes, student accomodation, RISD and Brown university. A lot of homes have plaques showing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A complete step back in time walking this street. Highly recommended. Mostly private homes, student accomodation, RISD and Brown university. A lot of homes have plaques showing age and builder. 3-4 km walk from one end to the other return. A few eateries along the way. The footpaths are not in the best shape in some places, tree roots having... More 

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Brockton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've taken walks down Benefit Street many times. Its historic and charming and bustling with college activity. With Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design nearby it is seldom empty but worth a stroll. There are houses belonging to Rhode Island historical figures such as sea captains, Sarah Whitman (former love interest of Edgar Allan Poe), a house that... More 

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Cohasset, MA, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

A walk along this street will expose you to Brown University, Rhode Island School od Design (2 world class educational institutions plus some historic homes used by sea captains from the port of Providence.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Seemingly underrated and almost ignored by the guide books. My wife and I almost did not, whilst visiting Portland, to walk up the steep hill and along Benefit Street. This seemed like stepping back in time into a quiet neighbourhood far removed from the city and unspoilt by tourism. The October Sun ensured a very relaxing and enjoyable stroll. If... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Nice place for a walk through an historic area of Providence. Lots of older, well maintained building. Very peaceful.

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New England, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a great street near Brown that is pedestrian friendly and offers an abundance of stately pre-Revolutionary War homes and attractive shops. Linger around awhile and soak in US history.

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CT, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We picked up a copy of a walking tour at a Lovecraft- themed bookstore/shop downtown and made the rounds, in which Benefit St. figured prominently. Lots of literary reference points of interest and cool history and architecture to view.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I love the area, full of historical attractions and not far from all the bars, restaurants, clubs and shops. But walking is the way to go. Driving is only for those who know the area.

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Walnutport, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

This was one of many areas in the city that our day tour took us through. Amazing how diverse a city this is. Our tour guide gave us so much information to soak up and see. It is a mesh of old and new.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

These are real houses that actual people live in, but it feels like you're in a 19th century painting when you walk around. Some real architectural beauties with loads of history attached. The side streets are worth a look, too.

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