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History of Newport and the Mansions
Founded in 1639, Newport was an important port city, a center of the slave trade, a fashionable resort and the summer home of the Gilded Age rich.
What was the Gilded Age?
The Gilded Age was a period of unprecedented change in America. Fortunes were spent on luxuries such as the lavish "summer cottages" of Newport.
Deep Dive into the Show
Learn about the people, places and events depicted in Julian Fellowes' popular historical drama series.
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Our mission is to protect, preserve, and present the best of Newport County's architectural heritage. Learn more about us and our work.
Wind Farm Federal Appeal: FAQs
The Preservation Society of Newport County is appealing federal agency approval of two massive wind farms off the Rhode Island coast.
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Join us for an exclusive, members-only day trip to visit Hartford, Connecticut, an unexpected place for remarkable art museums and historic houses. Working with our friends at the Mark Twain House, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Austin House, we will view some of the hidden treasures this city has to offer.
Hartford Treasures Tour Itinerary
For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 847-1000, ext. 167
8:30 am – Depart Newport
We will meet in the parking lot at Kingscote and board a small coach for the trip to Hartford.
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Mark Twain House with Executive Director Pieter Roos
Designed by New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter, this was the home of Samuel and Olivia Clemens from 1874 to 1891, where they enjoyed what the author would later call the happiest and most productive years of his life. The interior was decorated by Louis C. Tiffany & Co., Associated Artists, who were members of the Aesthetic movement, well known for their exotic interiors. We will enjoy a guided tour from Mark Twain House Museum Executive Director Pieter Roos, along with a visit to the adjacent museum to view a special exhibit focused on Gilded Age leisure and travel.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch at Wadsworth Atheneum
Lunch onsite at the Wadsworth Atheneum Café catered by Berkins on Main; select from pre-order menu options.
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Wadsworth Atheneum
After lunch we will enjoy a docent-led tour of the highlights of the outstanding Wadsworth Atheneum, the country’s oldest continuously operating public art museum. Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth presents engaging and groundbreaking exhibitions that explore every era of art history and is consistently at the forefront of collecting works by iconic artists.
3:00 – 4:00 pm Austin House
Austin House is a National Historic Landmark and the former West End home of the legendary and innovative A. Everett “Chick” Austin Jr., the Atheneum’s director from 1927 to 1944. Although this house appears as stately as any home in the neighborhood, its front is made of painted pine board, earning it the nickname “Façade House.” To add to the quirkiness, the building is nearly 90 feet long and only one room deep! This unusual home, with styles that range from 18th century Rococo to modern Bauhaus, was the setting for many lively gatherings with leaders of the international art world.
4:15 pm Return to Newport
The Mark Twain House, designed by New York architect Edward Tuckerman Potter, was the home of Samuel and Olivia Clemens from 1874 to 1891.
Austin House is a National Historic Landmark.
The Wadsworth Atheneum is the country’s oldest continuously operating public art museum and the largest museum in Connecticut.
Explore the underground systems that made this great house a marvel of technology for its time.
See and hear how the other half lived. 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.
Explore China’s deep influence on Newport from the 18th century through the Gilded Age. This exhibition brings together more than 100 extraordinary objects and illuminates how many different people of Chinese heritage, including artists, merchants, immigrant entrepreneurs and women suffragists, shaped all aspects of life in Newport.
This outdoor spectacle of holiday lights will dazzle and delight you! The 13-acre landscape of The Breakers turns into a wonderland of color and light. Includes tour of the lavish decorated rooms inside the house. Open on select evenings through the season. Includes The Breakers interior tour during the same visit.
A great Newport tradition! See The Breakers, Marble House and The Elms dressed in their festive holiday finery. It’s the most spectacular time of the year at these awe-inspiring Gilded Age mansions.
Our annual black-tie holiday event is sold out. The waitlist is at capacity and has been closed. Happy Holidays to all!
Preservation Society members, this evening is for you! Enjoy music, food, drinks and conversation amid the holiday décor in The Elms.
After a one-year sojourn to Marble House, New England’s premier flower show returns to Rosecliff with the theme of “At Home.”
Save the dates for the 19th annual festival, featuring the Vintner Dinner, Sunday Brunch and tasty yet educational seminar experiences.
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Parking is free onsite at all properties except for Hunter House and The Breakers Stable & Carriage House, where street parking is available.
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Explore the 11 properties under the stewardship of the Preservation Society and open as historic house museums.
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