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Narragansett’s historic landmark

One of Narragansett’s picturesque and historic landmarks, Kinney Bungalow is located on beautiful Sunset Farm. The grand hall offers a sweeping view of the farm and gorgeous sunsets!  

Your wedding will be a lifelong memory, so it deserves the perfect location. Historic Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm sets a new standard for simple elegance. The bungalow is nestled on Sunset Farm, a 140-acre working farm complete with vegetable gardens, cornfields, horses, cows, goats, and even a few pigs!

The History

This unique setting boasts an eighteenth-century East Indian–designed bungalow, with wow-worthy 20-foot-high ceilings. Original cypress wood panel walls fill the elegant interior space, along with eight-foot by seven-foot windows that wrap completely around the second-floor grand hall, providing sweeping views across the farm and beautiful sunsets.

The Kinney Bungalow was built 1899 by Francis S. Kinney, a tobacco and real estate millionaire.
In order to host parties, especially following polo matches. The hall design is strongly influenced by East Indian style, perhaps a taste he acquired from his younger years as a sailor. 

He and Abbot Kinney, his younger brother, had founded Kinney Brothers Tobacco Company, one
of the leading cigarette manufacturers in the late nineteenth century. Eventually, they merged their
company with others into the “tobacco trust” organized by James Buchanan Duke (father of the late
Newport heiress and socialite, Doris Duke). Before it was broken up by government anti-trust laws,
the American Tobacco Company had more than ninety percent of the U.S. market. Abbot Kinney
had fallen in love with Venice, Italy in his youth, so he went on to found Venice, California as a resort
and amusement center. Francis Kinney invested in real estate and also got involved in polo matches in

Following Kinney’s death, the Kinney Bungalow was purchased by the Chase/Ewing family. It was the
site of numerous dances, parties, and celebrations. Lucia Chase Ewing, co-founder of the American
Ballet Theater, brought the troupe to Narragansett where the Bungalow served as their summer
rehearsal site.


Recent Renovations

In 1991 the Bungalow, along with the historic Sunset Farm, was acquired by the Town of Narragansett.
The property (Kinney Bungalow and Sunset Farm) is managed by the Narragansett Land Conservancy
Trust. Following major restoration work, Kinney Bungalow was opened to the public in 2002.

Once again Kinney Bungalow is a favorite site for weddings, birthday and anniversary parties, lawn
parties, dances, concerts, ice cream socials, ballet classes, public lectures, and happy gatherings for
many occasions.

View a couple of the weddings we’ve catered at Kinney Bungalow:

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