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Ornate Gate on the Cliff Walk Newport Rhode Island
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Ornate Gate on the Cliff Walk New port Rhode Island ©Debra Martz. One of Newport’s most popular attractions is the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk, a trail that runs along the rocky cliffs on the southeastern side of Newport. It is famous for both the scenic beauty of the Atlantic coastline, as well as the grandeur of the Gilded Age mansions on the opposite side, but its origins were far more practical. Much to the chagrin of millionaire property owners who would come several centuries later, the legal concept behind the Cliff Walk came in 1663, when King Charles II granted a charter that allowed all colonists to fish along the shoreline. This doctrine of publicly accessible was later enshrined in the Rhode Island state constitution which is still in effect today. It seems that the right of people to walk along the cliffs soon came into conflict with the privacy and the property rights of the millionaires who built their summer homes here along the coast in the late 1800s. With that being said, I could not find information on these gates other than finally seeing them in a photo online in the Library of Congress dated about 1905. It is my conclusion that the property owners were not allowed to lock people out of the Cliff Walk but the Ornate Gates were left in place, unlocked. ©Debra Martz, All Rights Reserved In My Gallery/Collection: East Coast USA 20231005-DSC_9041.NEF
November 1st, 2023
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Debra Martz 21 Days Ago
Thank you all very much for your comments ~♥~
Lisa Wooten 22 Days Ago
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Jasna Dragun 23 Days Ago
Beautiful Gate! l/f/p
Leif Sohlman 24 Days Ago
Beautiful capture of Ornate Gate on the Cliff Walk Newport Rhode Island Debra
Renata Natale 24 Days Ago
Great capture on the cliff walk, what a place to visit.
DLGoldstein Photography 24 Days Ago
Debra Martz 28 Days Ago
Nina Prommer, Thank you very much for the feature in your Fine Art America group!
Thank you all very much for your comments! ~♥~
What a marvelous place. Great capture, Debra!
La Moon Art
That gate is a striking entrance to coastal paradise. F/L
Beautiful coastal photograph with an ornate gate!
Beautiful scene and capture!
wow such a wonderfully beautiful piece of work.
Very nice shot.
Guido Montanes Castillo
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