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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.
Explore 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.
Episode Deep Dive
Learn about the people, places and events depicted in Julian Fellowes' popular historical drama series.
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We invite you to become a member of the Preservation Society today. In addition to joining an active community of preservation supporters and advocates, members are offered unlimited access to all open houses.
Our mission is to protect, preserve, and present the best of Newport County's architectural heritage. Learn more about us and our work.
Personal Photography on the Grounds
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Museum Rentals & Weddings
Host your wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate event, or other celebration at our historic museums.
The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival partners with local fine dining establishments to offer an inspiring series of wine and culinary events. Enjoy and learn about unique wines from many regions of the world, all paired with multi-course meals prepared just for the occasion by some of Newport’s world-class chefs! Celebrate our restaurant community and reserve your table.
Reservations for these events must be made with the participating restaurants.
Empson Wine Dinner at Cara Restaurant
Friday, September 22; 5:30 pm Canapés, 6:30 pm Seated Dinner
117 Memorial Blvd., Newport, R.I.
We are thrilled to share our passionate collaboration with Empson USA, a partner dedicated to sourcing exceptional, family-owned estates deeply connected to the richness of Italian terroir. Join us for a curated tasting menu that embodies the essence of the current season and the abundant flavors of New England. These decadent dishes have been thoughtfully paired with sustainable wines deeply rooted in the art of viticulture.
Whiskey & Wine Dinner with Ammunition Whiskey
Friday, September 22, 6:30 pm
Hotel Viking One Bellevue Restaurant, Newport, R.I.
A dinner featuring the wines and whiskeys of Daylight Wine & Spirits. Five courses paired with three wines and two whiskeys.
Quigley Fine Wines at Beech Restaurant
Friday, September 22, 7 pm
13 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, R.I.
An exquisite evening at Beech will celebrate the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival with a Quigley Fine Wines portfolio.
Chilean Wine Dinner at Midtown Oyster Bar
Saturday, September 23, 7 pm
345 Thames St., Newport, R.I.
Midtown Oyster Bar will host a very special evening featuring the wonderful flavors of Chile, a world-class wine producing country. Chef Jeremy Boudreau of Midtown Oyster is curating a creative five-course Chilean-inspired dinner to perfectly pair with a variety of Chile’s premier wines, Terrunyo, Marques de Casa Concha and Don Melchor. Don’t miss this exquisite event!
The Pale Rosé Sunday Brunch at The Coast Guard House
Sunday, September 24, 11 am
40 Ocean Road, Narragansett, R.I.
Enjoy a three-course elegant brunch paired with The Pale Rosé and rosé cocktails at this beautiful oceanside restaurant!
Reservations: (401) 789-0700
Saturday September 23, 3 pm – 6 pm
Hotel Viking, Top of Rooftop Bar and Lounge
1 Bellevue Ave., Newport
This awesome cocktail experience will take place at the Hotel Viking’s Top of Rooftop Bar and Lounge, featuring fall-inspired Mount Gay Rum cocktails and specialty seasonal desserts.
Reservations: (401) 847-3300
Saturday, September 23, 5 pm – 8 pm
The Dive Bar
337 Thames St., Newport
Dive Bar Newport and lead sponsors Hardshore Gin, 9diDANTE and Ammunition Bourbon have teamed up to create a cocktail experience you won’t want to miss. Watch mixologists put a new spin on these beloved spirits. Sample a variety of specialty cocktails before you hit the night out on the town. Tickets include two drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres and charcuterie compliments of Boar’s Head. Sponsors will also have an innovative and eclectic cocktail menu for you to enjoy!
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.
French Heritage Society Intern Théo Lourenço shares the exciting results of his research into furniture maker and interior designer Jules Allard, whose works are found in several of the Newport Mansions.
In conjunction with "The Celestial City" exhibition at Rosecliff, our Fall Lecture Series explores different aspects of the Chinese-American experience and the many ways life in Newport and America was influenced and enriched by people of Chinese heritage.
Distinguished speakers Dr. Cathleen D. Cahill and Bayer Lee discuss Chinese and American women’s impact on the US suffrage movement.
Learn insights into the dazzling artworks in the Preservation Society’s groundbreaking new exhibition that reveals Chinese and Chinese-American individuals' contributions to life in Newport.
Scholar John Eng-Wong examines the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and how social practices of the era impacted Chinese families. Tickets/registration available soon.
This outdoor spectacle of holiday lights will dazzle and delight you! The 13-acre historic landscape of The Breakers turns into a magical wonderland of color and light. Open on select evenings through the season. Includes The Breakers interior tour.
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.
It is never too early to start planning for your next holiday to remember! Mark your calendar to join us for the annual Holiday Dinner Dance at The Breakers.
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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