You’ll see and learn about the new domestic technology that transformed daily life, including:
- The development of electricity and how it changed the Gilded Age.
- The emergence of the modern elevator.
- The revolutionary infrastructure that heated and cooled the great house.
- The modern plumbing and laundry facilities that affected attitudes about hygiene and cleanliness.
And you’ll hear about the house engineer whose detailed daily journals have helped us understand how it all worked.
Based on research by Preservation Society staff and period documents, this tour shares with visitors how the house changed with the times as domestic technology evolved through the Gilded Age and into the 20th century.
This is an underground experience in a historic structure. You will pass through some enclosed spaces. Comfortable, flat shoes are recommended.
Read about how the City of Pawtucket and the Pawtucket School Department played an important role in making the Beneath The Breakers Tour possible, in this February 16, 2017 article from the Pawtucket Times.
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More Tours, Events & Exhibitions
Saturdays & Sundays
multiple times daily
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