A Weekend of Coaching is a longstanding tradition in Newport County, and it’s a triennial occasion not to be missed. The event is hosted by the Preservation Society of Newport County. It transports spectators back to the 19th century, when horse-and-carriage was the preferred method of transportation.
Coaching was also regarded as both a sporting activity and social affair. It originated in England where horse-drawn coaches were used for mail delivery. Railroads quickly became a more efficient means of delivery and transportation but nostalgia prevented the coaches from disappearing altogether. They were at their peak popularity between 1880 and 1910 in the Newport area. Many prominent Newport County residents belonged to the prestigious coaching clubs that were active in the area. Coaches would gather to attend various events in this area each summer.
This is your chance to see the coaches for yourself while sipping award-winning wine. Greenvale Vineyards will welcome 44 horses driving 11 coaches from across the country as part of coaching weekend. Join us at the vineyard to celebrate this historic tradition. Here are the details:
Date: Friday, August 21st
Time: Arrive at 11:45am to be in time to see the coaches arrive
Place: Historic Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871
This event is free and open to the public. Please feel free to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy as you take in the sights. Wine tastings are also available.