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Tours, Groups, Exclusive Experiences
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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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Become a Member
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
Rent our museums for commercial photography & videography, TV production, and wedding photography.
Commercial Filming or Photography
Museum Rentals & Weddings
Host your wedding, rehearsal dinner, corporate event, or other celebration at our historic museums.
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Include the elegant ambiance of the Newport Mansions in your special day by arranging to capture your wedding photos or another significant personal moment on our beautifully landscaped grounds.
Photography is available on the grounds only. No indoor photography is available at our museums.
Grand in scale and richly decorated with formal sunken gardens and statuary-adorned terraces.
An imposing Victorian home, carefully landscaped with exotic trees, shrubs, and plants.
The most opulent of the Newport Mansions with the whimsical Chinese Tea House on the estate grounds overlooking the Cliff Walk.
A seven-acre estate on the shores of Narragansett Bay in Portsmouth, featuring more than eighty sculpted trees and shrubs, flower beds, and fruit and vegetable gardens.
Reservations are limited to one hour between the hours of operations of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
A minimum two-week advance notice is required to reserve the grounds at any of the available museum properties.
The Society is unable to accept requests or confirm the availability of a date more than three months in advance of the date requested.
A complete list of all membership levels and benefits can be viewed on our website.
Any level of membership will allow you to reserve the grounds for wedding photography at the member rate.
When your Inquiry Form has been received, our office will confirm the availability of your requested date, time, and location. Confirmation of date and location availability may take up to 5 days.
Pending confirmation, a credit card authorization form will be emailed to you and is required to be completed before accepting payment via telephone.
Please do not send payment with your initial inquiry or via email.
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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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