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Newport Rhode Island Tourism So many things to see, so little time! Mansion Tours
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Newport Rhode Island tourism is the main draw to the "City by the Sea". There are so many interesting things to see and do and learn about because of this city's rich history .

Newport has had its ups and downs over the years. It started as a booming colonial seaport , and then was devastated by the British occupation during the Revolutionary War.
Newport Colony House - circa 1739

It boomed again during the Gilded Age , when the nation's elite families began building "summer cottages" here, but then suffered with the rest of the nation during the Great Depression.

After recovering from the Depression, losing the U.S. Navy during the malaise of the 1970's was another hit to the local economy. But Newport has bounced back again, and is now known as one of the most beautiful and historic vacation destinations in the world.

When most people think of Newport Rhode Island tourism, the first thing that comes to mind is the Newport Mansions . If you're going to visit Newport, you should see at least one of these amazing "summer cottages".

Some of the most popular Newport Mansions:

  • The Breakers (summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II)
  • The Elms (summer home of the Berwind family)
  • Marble House (summer home of William K. Vanderbilt)
  • Rosecliff (True Lies and The Great Gatsby filmed here)
  • Beechwood (Caroline Astor hosted her famous parties here)
  • Rough Point (summer home of Doris Duke)
The Breakers Mansion

Hammersmith Farm, a large-28 room Victorian mansion and its 48-acre property, was built for John W. Auchincloss, the great-grandfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis's stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss, in 1887. Jackie summered here as a child, and the property hosted over 2,000 guests to the wedding reception between she and then Senator John F. Kennedy on September 12, 1953. During his presidency, JFK spent enough time at Hammersmith Farm that it was referred to as the Summer White House.

Following the death of Hugh Auchincloss Jr, Fruit of the Loom executive and Pawtuckett native William F. Farley bought the mainhouse for $6.675 million in 1997, to ensure that it would not be turned into a hotel, spa or condos. In 1999, he flipped it for over $8 million to Peter Kiernan, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, who converted it back to private use. The furnishings of the Farm were sold off in a Christie's auction in 2000 that fetched $233,620.

The Castle, the Palace, and the Windmill , three guesthouses, remained in possession by the Auchincloss family. In 2003, the Windmill, a single family house, which Jackie bequeathed to her stepbrother, Hugh Auchincloss, was put on the market for $5.95 million.

Newport Rhode Island Tourism So many things to see, so little time! Mansion Tours
Sailing Tours
Historic Tours
Helicopter Tours

Newport Rhode Island tourism is the main draw to the "City by the Sea". There are so many interesting things to see and do and learn about because of this city's rich history .

Newport has had its ups and downs over the years. It started as a booming colonial seaport , and then was devastated by the British occupation during the Revolutionary War.
Newport Colony House - circa 1739

It boomed again during the Gilded Age , when the nation's elite families began building "summer cottages" here, but then suffered with the rest of the nation during the Great Depression.

After recovering from the Depression, losing the U.S. Navy during the malaise of the 1970's was another hit to the local economy. But Newport has bounced back again, and is now known as one of the most beautiful and historic vacation destinations in the world.

When most people think of Newport Rhode Island tourism, the first thing that comes to mind is the Newport Mansions . If you're going to visit Newport, you should see at least one of these amazing "summer cottages".

Some of the most popular Newport Mansions:

  • The Breakers (summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II)
  • The Elms (summer home of the Berwind family)
  • Marble House (summer home of William K. Vanderbilt)
  • Rosecliff (True Lies and The Great Gatsby filmed here)
  • Beechwood (Caroline Astor hosted her famous parties here)
  • Rough Point (summer home of Doris Duke)
The Breakers Mansion


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