From the middle of the 19th century until the middle of this century, it is unlikely that any subject in Newport has received as much attention by artists and photographers as the Old Stone Mill. The enigmatic structure has captured the imagination of everyone from Richard Morell Staigg to New York photographer Julius Ludovici. Images of the Old Stone Mill have found their way into the foreground of everything from landscape paintings, tourist snapshots, and business advertisements. The portrayals of the structure range from mere images in time to concerted efforts to shape thinking on the origins and original purpose of the tower.