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Jahleel Brenton II House

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Before 1720. 203 Harrison Ave.

Still sitting on a rise amid open fields, this one-and-one-half-story gambrel-roofed and clapboarded structure is one of the two earliest remaining residences on the southern end of Aquidneck Island. Originally a five-bay woodframe house with brick chimney at either end, it has wings and two rear ells added in the eighteenth century. It was built by Jahleel Brenton II to serve as a tenant farmer's house for his family farm, Hammersmith. William Brenton's original seventeenth-century manor house (see preceding entry), no longer extant, was located nearby.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Jahleel Brenton II House", [Newport, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 579-579.

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