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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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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.
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.
Personal Photography on the Grounds
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Preservation Society Fellow Astrid Tvetenstrand
In support of a reinterpretation plan for Newport’s landmark Gothic Revival cottage Kingscote (1839), Social History Fellow Astrid Tvetenstrand’s research uncovered untold stories about the business and personal lives of the residents of Kingscote through a global lens.
Astrid will discuss the application of her research – including the examination of family travel albums documenting trips throughout Europe and Asia; David King Jr.’s account book recording his trading practices in China; personal correspondence; probate inventories; and documentation of the household domestic staff circa 1880 – to enrich our understanding of this landmark that witnessed many events that shaped American history.
Preservation Society Fellow Dani Zhang
Dani Zhang will discuss her research in support of the upcoming exhibition The Celestial City: Newport and China. Dani’s work has expanded our understanding of the rich and vibrant Chinese American community in 19th-century Newport and Chinese objects collected by their Gilded Age peers.
By examining the Chinese-crafted objects in the collection of the Preservation Society, Dani has illuminated a world of meaning: decoding imagery, identifying previously unknown Chinese artists, and uncovering the nuanced nature of traditional vs. Western utility. Ultimately, her work has enriched the Preservation Society’s understanding of individual objects and the associated collecting practices of Gilded Age Americans during this complex time.
Live at Marble House or via Zoom video conference
Astrid Tvetenstrand earned a PhD in American & New England Studies, specializing in American Art History, Nineteenth-Century History and Literature, from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Sotheby’s MA in American Fine & Decorative Art History program, and has experience working with the MFA Boston, De Cordova Sculpture Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum. Astrid joined the Preservation Society as a Curatorial Research Assistant this July.
Dani Zhang received a Master of Arts degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and has experience working with the American Museum of Natural History and the Asian Handicrafts Foundation. She most recently contributed to the forthcoming PieceWork Magazine article, “Feathers and Fibers: A Remarkable Chinese Embroidery in the Newport Mansions.”
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.* May 11-May 31, tour will be offered daily at 10:30 am & 3:30 pm. June 1-Aug. 31, 10:30 am, 2 pm & 3:30 pm. Sept. 1-Oct. 14, 10:30 & 3:30. Oct. 15-Jan. 1, 2025, 10:30 & 2:30.
This exhibition explores a largely unknown but important chapter in American history: the experience of a thriving African heritage community in Newport.
Newport County residents, be our guests! The Preservation Society invites you to visit our houses and properties for free on these dates.
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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