This article by Richard Champlin describes the history and meaning of the Angell Arnold-Rogers property in Middletown, nicknamed Lazy Lawn. It was owned by Joseph Angell of Providence, a lineal descendant of the Angell who settled the colony with Roger Williams. This prosperous scholar built what has been called the very first summer cottage on the island. Whatever its original date, and whatever it looked like, it rated mention by a writer in The Newport Daily News for 7 September 1923, who quoted an unnamed source as saying that visitors to Newport were driven across the beaches as a special treat to see the Angell cottage.
Champlin, Richard L.
Newport History: Vol. 55
, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol55/iss185/3