Cowsill Sites Around Newport/Middletown





Below are maps which will help you find some of the Cowsill sites in Newport/Middletown, Rhode Island. Remember things have changed since the 1960's in a lot of cases, but it can be fun to share the same areas. Underneath the maps are some explanations and photos of the sites. Newspaper articles talked about the milk commercials being shot in ten venues around Newport, but I have found eleven venues!!


Newport


West End


Middletown





Let's start with Newport itself:


3rd Street House - 155 3rd Avenue - One of the first homes of our Cowsill family in Newport. Richard told us stories of their young days here.


1998


2021


Bambi's - 1 Casino Terrace - Bambi's was a teen dance club that the Cowsill's played often in. In fact, Bud is listed as an owner for part of the time. (Note: There are lots of ads for this club, but I don't have any photos of it.) Ads list the address as 1 Casino Terrace. (If you have a photo of Bambi's, I'd love to share it here. Just email me.)

Cowsills

Ad From March 18, 1967

Cowsills

1 Casino Terrace Today
(I don't know if this is what the
building looked like in the 1960s)


Banister's Wharf - Off Americus Cup Avenue - Banister's Wharf is an area along the Newport Harbor. It's owned by David Ray, who is tied to Cowsill history on several levels. Bannister's Wharf is the home of the Black Pearl and the Candy Store among others.


Bannister's Wharf


Bannister's Guest House
This is where the Cowsills stayed during ToRI 2000 and 2003.


Bannister's Wharf
1998


Bastille - Easton Beach - The Cowsills first played here September 5, 1966 and had many shows here.


Then


Now


Bellevue and Memorial - This intersection was one of the photo shoot locations for the milk commercials. Although much has changed, you can still see that wall in the upper left hand corner of these pictures.


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Now


Billy Goode's - 28 Marlborough Street -This was a bar that Barry often played at. This bar has since closed.


Then


Now


Black Pearl - 30 Bannister's Wharf - The Black Pearl is a restaurant that is on Bannister's Wharf. Barbara Cowsill worked here and Bob swears they have the best clam chowder in the U.S.


Then
Before it was called Black Pearl, it was called Blue Whale.


1998


Cowsill Lane - Cowsill Lane is on the backside of the hill Halidon Hall sits on. It's really classified as an easement I think. Back in the day, the street sign would get stolen by fans as quickly as they'd put it up.


This is just a one lane wide street.


Cowsill Tree - 21 Harbor View Drive - Everyone remembers the Cowsill Tree. On the grounds of Halidon Hall, the tree was featured in many print photos, picturesleeves, concert books and also in the milk commercials. The tree has lost a number limbs over the years.


Then
In the Halidon Hall Tree
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Then



Now
(Photo by Nina H. S.)


Cushing House "The Ledges" - Cushing House is located off Ocean Avenue just west of Bailey's beach. It was featured in one of the milk commercials where the Cowsills pretended to be painting it.


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Now


Dorian's - Originally 285 Thames Street - Now on Bannister's Wharf - Dorian's was a wild and crazy bar in the 1960s. The Cowsills would play four hours of Beatles songs a night here. Originally the building was at 285 Thames Street. It was later physically moved to Bannister's Wharf and now you can see it as the Clarke Cooke House/The Candy Store. Bob will still play a shift here when he's in town.


Dorians In The 1960's
(Photo by Donald W.)


1998


Flo's Clam Shack - 4 Wave Avenue - Flo's is one of the Cowsills favorite places to eat - both back in the old days and even to this day. Best Clam Cakes in the world they would say.


Just east of Easton Beach


Halidon Hall - 21 Harbor View Drive - Halidon Hall is the home we think of most when thinking of our Cowsills. Harbor View Drive was a gated street the last time I was in Newport. The house is NOT visible from Wellington Ave. Back in the day there were no other houses on the hill, but now a number of large houses line Harbor View Drive. Current internet sites list it as six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. The Cowsills paid $80,000 for Halidon Hall and it has estimated value in 2021 was $4,169,800 per realtor.com


1960's


1998
(Photo by Lisa C.)


Hussey's Harbor House - 119 Wellington Avenue - At the base of the Halidon Hall hill and across the street from King's Park, Bob said this was the place to go for beach food back in the day. Apparently this was a very small place as Susan wondered where there was room for an oven to bake the pizza. A search of the Newport newspapers only showed references in 1965 so apparently it wasn't a long lived business. The owner was Walter Hussey (who was also one of Bob's Little League coaches) and his nephew remembered how cool it was to visit, going downstairs and stuffing pockets full of candy. Walter's nephew posted the recipe for the Husseyburger.


Ad from Newport Daily News
August 12, 1965


Wonder if the C's know who did this?
Newport Daily News
August 11, 1965


Now


King Park - 125 Wellington Ave - King Park has many moments in Cowsill history. King Park sits on Wellington Avenue at the base of the Halidon Hall hill. It was here, at a carnival, that The Cowsills (the four boys) played for the first time. One of the milk commercials was filmed here. Some of Barry's ashes were scattered here and memorial services for Barry and Richard were held here at the gazebo. Also, it is here you will find benches in honor of Billy, Richard and Barry.


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Now
(Photo by Debbie H.)



Spreading Of Barry's Ashes



Bill and Barry's Bench
(Photo by Tim B.)


Richard's Bench
(Photo by Denise H.)


Martha Codman House - 304 Bellevue Avenue - This was a venue for the milk commercial shoot. It has taken me a lot of researching, but I believe I have matched this one up.


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Now
(Photo by NSGT)


Now
(Photo by David B.)


Miramar - 646 Bellevue Avenue - Miramar was used in shooting a milk commercial.


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Now


Moss Music - 98 Broadway - Moss Music is where Bud bought a Kay bass (per John's On The Mic interview) which allowed the Cowsills go from a trio to a quartet. Now on to become the Beatles! Today the address (from newspaper articles of the 1960's) is a parking lot.


Ad
Newport Daily News, November 19, 1962


98 Broadway Today


Muenchinger-King Hotel - 38 Bellevue Avenue - The "MK" was a hotel with a bar/discotheque where the Cowsills played. It was here that the "Today" show employee saw them and that lead to their being the first entertainers to perform on that show. It was also here that the story of John having to play in a room a floor above the others, due to his age, happen. The MK is at the corner of Catherine and Bellevue.


1960's


1998


Narragansett Cafe - Corner of Long Wharf and Washington Streets - Barry had booked a gig at the Narragansett Cafe for the night after the ToRI 2000 shows. So the party was moved there.


2000
The After-Show Party


Now
This looks nothing like my memory of the place,
so I will assume the building we went to has been replaced.


Naval Officers Club - 95 Perry Road - Of course with Bud being a Navy man, the young Cowsills played at the Naval Officers Club.


Now


Newport Creamery - Bellevue Shopping Center - Bellevue and William Street - I have heard all the living Cowsills rave about the Creamery. I'm sure many a milk shake was consumed there. What was their favorite? The Awful, Awful (Awful Big, Awful Good), which was made with ice cream and syrup. Click here for the recipe. I hear a close second is the Cabinet ("An east coast milkshake," per Paul), which was made with ice milk. Paul said in a 2021 interview that the Creamery has moved. The web shows the address now as 208 W Main Rd, Middletown, Rhode Island.


The Bellevue Center Creamery


Awful, Awful


Main Street Newport Creamery


Newport Harbor - The Newport Harbor is a view our Cowsills have seen a million times. Other Cowsill sites (like King Park and Bannister's Wharf) grace it's edges. The harbor itself is featured in a couple Cowsill videos. A milk commercial - where the Cowsills were upon the Black Pearl ship - was filmed here. Also you see the Cowsills on the ferry during the "We Can Fly" video.


Newport Harbor


Newport Harbor Ferry In The "We Can Fly" Video



Black Pearl Ship


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Newport Yachting Center - 20 Commercial Wharf - Newport Yachting Center was the host of the Meet and Greet for ToRI 2000, ToRI 2000, and ToRI 2003.


Newport Yachting Center


During Meet & Greet at Yachting Center 2000


Roger's High School - 15 Wickham Rd - This is a school the Cowsills played numerous shows at.


1966


Now


Sig's Grocery - 7 Carroll Avenue - Sig's was run by Sigmund Margolis and a place where Susan remembers getting Candy Dots (or Poxs) and Bazooka bubblegum.


Then


Now


St. Augustine's Catholic Church - 2 Eastnor Road - Close to Halidon Hall, this is where the C's attended church (and elementary school) once they moved up on the hill. It was also here that they held Bill's funeral services.


Then


Now


Inside St. Augustine's



Bill's Funeral Services St. Augustine's


St. Joseph's Church - 79-93 Broadway - The Cowsills did several benefits for the Youth Organization. The kids also went to the school associated with the church while they lived at the Anchorage.


Then


Now


Inside St. Joseph's


Tea House - 596 Bellevue Ave - The Tea House is very close on the Cliff Walk, although it's actually part of Marble House mansion. Upon my first visit and Cliff Walk, John commented that the Tea House is somewhere they would play and that it was very creepy back in the day because of its' disrepair. It's since been restored and beautiful.


Then
Photo Taken In The 1970s


View Of The Tea House From The Cliff Walk


The Candy Store - 82 Williams Street - The Candy Store is part of the Clarke Cooke House and as stated above, this was the original Dorian's building. Bob Cowsill will often play a gig at The Candy Store when he's in town.


Now


Viking Hotel - 1 Bellevue Ave - The Viking was a place that the Cowsills often played back in the day. I think some of their final shows were performed there in the mid-1970s. The Viking was also the host of the party portion of Barry's Memorial.


Then


Now



Performance About 1972


Susan and Richard
Barry's Memorial Party
February 18, 2006


Yesterday's Restaurant - 28 Washington Square - Yesterday's was (it is now permantly closed) on the north side of Washington Park. It began in 1974 and closed in 2015. It was owned and operated by Richard "Biggie" Korn. Biggie was The Cowsills' road manager and legal guardian of the youngest siblings on the road during those peak years. Again a place The Cowsills always ate during visits to Newport. Post show dinners were held here - like around ToRI 2000 and even family celebrations - such as Will's 10th birthday party.


1999 - Some Of The Cowsill Marathon II Gang


Will's Birthday Celebration 2006




Next let's move to the Middletown area:


3rd Beach - Near where Hanging Rock Road and Indian Avenue intersect - Again another Cowsill hang out back in the day. I found it funny that the only pic from the old days I could find was a couple girls riding horses there. We know Susan talked Paul and Bob into riding with here there in June 2021.


Newport Daily News
15 July 1965


Today


Airport - 211 Airport Access Rd - The airport was featured in one of the milk commercials.


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Now


Alligator Rock - In the ocean off the end of Buena Vista Drive. It was here they swam and fished. Bob said they would catch clams and use them as bait to fish with. In Family Band: The Cowsills Story, Susan told a story of sleep walking one night, out of the house and clear down onto Alligator Rock. Army was another game they used to play out on these rocks. Ashes from Billy, Barry and Richard were spread here.


Then
(Photo by Dan F.)


Early 2000's
Paul And Bob Visit Alligator Rock


Anchorage - Coddington Highway and Main Street - The Anchorage was a naval housing area. It has all been remodeled now, but Paul says it's still easy to recognize to those who lived there. The Cowsills lived there before moving to the 3rd Street house. Bob remembered riding around the area on Johnny's candy truck (and didn't steal any candy - or so he says hee hee).


The News
July 13, 1950


Newport Daily News
January 17, 1970


The Anchorage Area
Newport Daily News
December 30, 1961


Now - Google street view


Bastille - Easton Beach - The Cowsills first played here September 5, 1966 and had many shows here.


Then


A More Current View


Flo's Clam Shack - 4 Wave Ave - Flo's is one of the Cowsills favorite places to eat - both back in the old days and even to this day. Best Clam Cakes in the world they would say.


Just East Of Easton Beach


Forest Avenue House - 150 Forest Avenue - Another Cowsill house that Richard took us to in 1998.


Then
1998


Now


Gate 17 - Gate 17 Access Road off Main Avenue - Bob and Paul remember walking from the Forest Avenue house down to Gate 17 where they would use their ID's to get basketballs and kick back and enjoy some recreation.



Hanging Rock - 583 3rd Beach Rd - Hanging Rock is part of the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Hanging rock was used in the milk commercials and also print ads.


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Then
Print Ad


Now


Howland School - Wrapping Road & 3rd Beach Rd - This was the school that the C's went to during the time the lived in the Indian Ave. house. Newspaper articles have Barry in a Christmas play in 1961, John in a Christmas play in 1962 and John also was in Peter Pan in 1963. The last reference in the Newport newspaper I find to Howland School says it closed after the 1973-1974 school year. The building was then used as "The New School" - a religious school starting in the fall of 1974 (last reference I see of this school is August 1977) and apparently later torn down. The area today is now Howland Park.


Then
Showing where the school was


Then
John during his Howland years.


Now - Howland Park


Indian Avenue House - 611 Buena Vista Ave - (611 is the address I had in the past. Looking on google maps it looks like 16) I believe Richard told me that Bud built this house. It's right on the ocean and back in the day had a huge yard facing the ocean. Many a football game was played there. Bob said they also used to dig holes and the putt (golf) into them. It's the home of Alligator Rock. Being surrounded by forest in the 1960s, some of Richard's famous forts were built here. You can get a feel for this time listening to Susan's song "Avenue Of The Indians" (lyrics here). In Family Band: The Cowsills Story, Bob talked of sledding and skateboarding down Buena Vista Avenue. He said rehearsal were upstairs on the left hand side of the house. According to Zillow.com in 2021 this property is worth $3,330,000.


Then - 1960's
(Photo by Dan F.)


1998
Note: Photo Taken From Side Of House


Now


Luncheon Cave - Atlantic Beach Area - Barry told stories of taking his sandwich and going here to eat and think.



(Photo by Louise P.)



Middletown High School - 130 Valley Road - Bill graduated from here in 1966 and Bob and Richard joined him in 1967. Cowsills played hootenanys and shows here also.


1964


2021


Normandie Mansion - 232 Ocean Avenue - Again a venue for the milk commercials.


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Now




Lastly the West End area:


Castle Hill Lighthouse - 800-870 Ocean Ave - The Castle Hill Lighthouse was one of the shoot locations for the milk commercials. It also is where the shot of Susan was taken that morphed into the cover of her Lighthouse CD.


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Now



Lighthouse CD Cover


Halidon Hall - 21 Harbor View Drive - Halidon Hall is the home we think of most when thinking of our Cowsills. Harbor View Drive was a gated street the last time I was in Newport. The house is NOT visible from Wellington Ave. Back in the day there were no other houses on the hill, but now a number of large houses line Harbor View Drive. Current internet sites list it as six bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms. The Cowsills paid $80,000 for Halidon Hall and it has estimated value in 2021 was $4,169,800 per realtor.com


1960's


1998
(Photo by Lisa C.)


King Park - 125 Wellington Ave - King Park has many moments in Cowsill history. King Park sits on Wellington Avenue at the base of the Halidon Hall hill. It was here, at a carnival, that The Cowsills (the four boys) played for the first time. One of the milk commercials was filmed here. Some of Barry's ashes were scattered here and memorial services for Barry and Richard were held here at the gazebo. Also, it is here you will find benches in honor of Billy, Richard and Barry.


Then
Screen Shot From Milk Commercial


Now
(Photo by Debbie H.)



Spreading Of Barry's Ashes



Bill and Barry's Bench
(Photo by Tim B.)


Richard's Bench
(Photo by Denise H.)


Newport Jazz Festival - 90 Fort Adams Drive - Fort Adams Park - Knowing how The Cowsills love music, it's not surprising that they would attend the Jazz Festival. But did you know Paul and Bob were there to see Bob Dylan go electric? True. Paul says they snuck in and couldn't understand why people were booing. After all, it was Bob Dylan!


Then
1965 With Bob Dylan


Now


Eleven Venues Used In Filming Of The Cowsills Milk Commercials

1. Intersection of Bellevue and Memorial Avenues
2. Halidon Hall (Tree)
3. Cushing House
4. King Park
5. Newport Harbor
6. Airport
7. Hanging Rock
8. Castle Hill Lighthouse
9. Normandie Mansion
10. Martha Codman House
11. Miramar











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