The Gilded Age saw the advent of the automobile along with the rise of industrial giants, international road racing, and heightened standards of luxury. Join us as three expert panelists discuss the excitement of the burgeoning automobile industries from Detroit to Newport. Historian and author Howard Kroplick will relay stories of William K. Vanderbilt Jr. racing in Newport, of the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup Race held on Long Island and show rare racing films. Madelyn Rzadkowolski, Curator at Meadowbrook Hall, will share the stories of the Dodge brothers and early car shows. Robert Signom III, Curator of America’s Packard Museum, will reveal the heated exchanges that resulted in the creation of the Ohio Automobile Company.
More Tours, Events & Exhibitions
10:30am and 2:30pm
Explore the underground systems that made this great house a marvel of technology for its time.
Saturdays & Sundays
multiple times daily
Who are the French kings and Greek gods depicted on the walls? Why is the Gothic Room so ... Gothic? Hear all the details of this spectacular house, and stories of the people who lived and worked there, from one of our expert guides.
January 26 – March 2, 2023
Learn about the historical set locations of Julian Fellowes’ “The Gilded Age” on HBO; African American designers and dressmakers who created the garments worn by privileged Newporters; cocktails that were all the rage in the Gilded Age; and the music that brought elegance and beauty to the soundtrack of the period.
February 9, 2023
Who were the designers and dressmakers who skillfully created garments for privileged Newporters in the past?
February 20 – 24, 2023
10:30am – 12:00pm
Story Time at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House is a celebration of the winter season!
February 23, 2023
The Gilded Age was also the “Golden Age of Cocktails,” when discriminating palates discovered the delights of new concoctions that became the classic cocktails of today: the Martini, Manhattan, Old-Fashioned and more. Get the story from the author of “Gilded Age Cocktails.”
March 2, 2023
Step back in time to experience live music the Gilded Age way.
Starting April 1, 2023
See and hear how the other half lived as you take the Servant Life Tour at The Elms. This tour will highlight the stories of some of the men and women who worked to service the social whirl of Newport during the Gilded Age.