All ten historic houses museums of The Preservation Society of Newport County, Newport, Rhode Island, are now open daily for public tours, and visitors will be able to enjoy new audio tours of The Elms and Rosecliff, a new exhibition at Rosecliff, and a variety of special events ranging from the Newport Flower Show, to a children’s party at Green Animals, to the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival.

Now operating daily are The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, The Elms, Green Animals Topiary Garden, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Marble House and Rosecliff.  All houses will remain open daily through Columbus Day, October 10, 2016  From October 11 to November 18, 2016, The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff will be open daily.  From November 19 to January 1, 2017, The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff will remain open daily.   The Breakers Stable & Carriage House will be open daily from June 25 to Labor Day, September 5, 2016.

Also now open at Rosecliff is the new exhibition, Splendor at Sea: The Golden Age of Steam Yachting in America, which highlights the luxurious private yachts of the era’s industrial tycoons – floating palaces that were as richly furnished and elegant as their fabled mansions.  The exhibition will be open daily through January 1, 2017.

The Preservation Society has also introduced a free mobile app, offering its visitors a way to enhance their audio tour experience using their own smart devices.  The mobile app is available for download as “NewportMansions” through the app store for both Apple and Android devices.  It includes photos as well as text to accompany the audio tours at The Breakers,  Marble House, Rosecliff, and later this summer, The Elms.

Upcoming Special Events     

June 9:  Lecture: The Vanderbilts Go Yachting

6:00 p.m., Rosecliff

Author and marine historian John Rousmaniere will bring to life the story of four generations of Vanderbilts, who were famous for their spectacular yachts and the great variety of ways in which they were used. Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, general admission $15. Advance reservations required.

June 24-26: The Newport Flower Show: Gilded-Artful Living

Friday 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.Saturday & Sunday9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Rosecliff

In its 21st year, New England’s premier summer flower show showcases an era when the goal was to embellish and enhance what nature had already provided, and nearly every aspect of life was elevated to an art form. Enjoy judged horticultural specimens and floral designs, special garden displays, free lectures and demonstrations, children’s activities, and exclusive shopping experiences. Special guests include designer Bunny Williams and international floral artist Bruno Duarte.  Advance sale single day admission is $20.  Additional ticket packages available.


July 7:  The Angela Moore Fashion Show & Champagne Brunch: Seaside Sensations

9:30 a.m., Rosecliff

Designer Angela Moore presents a colorful fashion show and brunch in the ballroom of Rosecliff, featuring nautical and resort fashions modeled by Newport style stars and VIP guests. The show will also include an exclusive one-day-only exhibit of nautical and seaside fashions from the Preservation Society’s historic collection.  Admission is $90 for Preservation Society members, general admission $100. Advance reservations required.

July 14: Green Animals Children’s Party

4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Green Animals Topiary Garden, Portsmouth

Children and adults are invited to frolic in the whimsical and historic topiary garden overlooking Narragansett Bay in Portsmouth, with music, rides, food and fun. Admission:  Member Adult $20,
Member Youth free; Non-Member Adult $25, Non-Member Youth (6-17 years) $10;
Children 5 & Under Free (Member & Non-Member). Tickets sold at the door.

July 28:  Lecture: A Legacy of Innovation: Herreshoff Steam Yachts and Naval Vessels

5:00 p.m., Rosecliff

Naval architect Halsey Herreshoff, grandson of legendary yacht designer Nathanial Greene Herreshoff, will explore the tremendous impact the development of steam power had on the world of naval and yachting vessels during the Gilded Age.  Admission is $10 for Preservation Society members, general admission $15.  Advance reservations required.

August 1:  Golf Outing 

Newport National Golf Club

The event includes tee prizes for all golfers, lunch and refreshments on the course, cocktails and a light supper after golf, awards and live and silent auctions.  Call (401) 847-1000 ext. 140 or email Events@NewportMansions.org for information and to register.

August 2: The John Greenville Winslow Lecture & Reception: A Brief History of the American Academy in Rome Through the Lens of Historic Preservation    

6:00 p.m., Rosecliff

Adele Chatfield-Taylor, President Emerita of the American Academy of Rome will tell the story of a quarter-century multi-dimensional historic preservation effort. Admission is $15 for Preservation Society members, general admission $20.  Advance reservations required.

August 13:  Summer Dinner Dance: The Grand Voyage

Marble House

The Preservation Society’s annual summer fundraising gala celebrates Newport’s Golden Age of yachting.

Individual tickets are $500 per person.  Call (401) 847-1000 ext. 140 to make reservations.

September 22-25: Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

Rosecliff & Marble House

New events, including a Vintner Dinner, a Bordeaux Dinner and a Jazz Brunch have been added to this spectacular weekend, which also features a two-day Grand Tasting at Marble House with hundreds of wines, cooking demonstrations from national and regional chefs, a gala celebration at Rosecliff, plus seminars, auctions, and more.  Various ticket packages are available.

November 19-January 1, 2017: Christmas at the Newport Mansions

The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House

Visit www.NewportMansions.org or call (401) 847-1000 for details about the operating schedule,  event information and reservations, and ticket prices.  Operating schedule and events calendar are subject to change.

The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island is a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts.  Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

Ryan M. Belmore

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