After spending a few days in Historic Newport, Rhode Island settled in 1639, I realized many of the parallels and differences between the two communities. Both communities were settled as refuges from oppressive churches and governments; although Guilford was settled by Puritans looking for refuge from the Anglican Church and folks in Newport (and the rest of Rhode Island) were looking for refuge from the Puritans who after establishing their refuge decided to become intolerant to others.
Both communities made a lot of their 18th century money supporting slavery either through providing slaves to the Caribbean (Newport) or providing goods and services to slave owners (Guilford and Newport.) Both communities have had to change and evolve over the decades and centuries to survive and flourish.
I was also impressed by the Newport Historical Society and the work they do to preserve their cultural resources, to share their archives and collections, and to educate the public on what a special place Newport is. That is what Historic Guilford, Guilford Keeping Society, the Dorothy Whitfield Society, the Dudley Farm Museum, the Guilford Free Library, and the Henry Whitfield State Museum are trying to do in Guilford too! Let us all keep up the good work on our 375th birthday!