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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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Museum Rentals & Weddings
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Matriarch of the wealthiest family in the world
Devastating loss and unfulfilled duty made him the unexpected scion of the family.
Charming but damaged. His affinity for drink and gambling led to a tragic end.
Passionate about art, she was the family outsider with a secret: a forbidden romance.
A hopeless romantic who yearned for Gertrude, but Alice and society pulled them apart.
Styled after a 16th century Italian Renaissance palace, built for entertaining – and for sparking envy.
No expense was spared building and decorating the Great Hall. This massive room of Caen stone and rare marble is reminiscent of the open-air courtyards of Italian palaces.
The scene of many lavish balls including the “coming out” party in 1895 for the young and beautiful Miss Gertrude Vanderbilt.
This remarkable place will transport you to a different time – one so grand you’ll feel like a character in a movie. Walk the grounds where history was made and experience The Breakers.
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