Visitors explore Marble House during Christmas at the Newport Mansions in December 2019.
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For the fourth consecutive year, The Preservation Society of Newport County reports that they have hosted more than 1 million tours.

The Preservation Society of Newport County reports that they saw visitors from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

This capped a landmark year for the Preservation Society, which in July delivered its 40 millionth tour of the Newport Mansions since its founding in 1945. The total number of tours given in 2019 was 1,006,190.

“The popularity of the mansions is a testament not only to their beauty and grandeur, but also to the hard work that goes into preserving and presenting them,” said Preservation Society CEO and Executive Director Trudy Coxe in a press release provided by The Preservation Society of Newport County this morning. “We are very proud that our high standards have been recognized by accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums as well as visitors from around the world.” 

The Preservation Society’s Newport Mansions are one of only four museum organizations in New England that regularly reach 1 million admissions, according to the press release. The other three are in downtown Boston.

“The Preservation Society owns and operates seven national historic landmarks and four other historic sites,” the society writes in the press release. “Guests can experience these properties in a number of ways, including prearranged private and specialty tours as well as regularly offered audio and guide-led house tours and self-guided landscape tours. Audio tours are available in several languages in addition to English. This year, youth and Mandarin-Chinese audio tours of Marble House are planned”.

This year, three of the Newport Mansions are operating daily year-round: The Breakers, The Elms and Rosecliff; Marble House currently is closed until mid-February for deep cleaning. The Preservation Society’s other properties – Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow, Hunter House, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote and Green Animals Topiary Garden – operate on a seasonal schedule from early spring to late fall.

For more information, please visit NewportMansions.org.

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