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Workers find centuries-old shoes in historic Newport home

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Photo Courtesy Newport Historical Society Photo Courtesy Newport Historical Society

 By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

Architects working on an historic house renovation in Newport found something unexpected in the floorboards.

Last week, workers lifted the floorboards of the Colony House during renovations and discovered an old pair of shoes.

The brown leather men's shoes turned out to be from the 1830's, and likely were left there during renovations back in the 1840's.

Apparently, it was customary to leave a pair of shoes in the home during construction for good luck.

The Colony House was built in 1739 and is the fourth oldest statehouse still standing in the U.S.

Newport Historical Society's executive director Ruth Taylor says the shoes are being cleaned up and will be put on display in the museum.

She also said that men's shoes are a rare find, and although they don't know who they belonged to, they are happy to add them to their collection.

For good luck, the Society replaced the old shoes with a new pair in the house.

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