I love old house tours. Even more, I love the scandals, romanticized, and wealth make/break stories from the Gilded Age. The Breakers owns up to all of it. This summer Newport 'cottage' was owned...
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Another Mansion Wonder build by Vanderbilt! This was Cornelius Vanderbilt's summer "cottage" (yes that's what Vanderbilt called this 17000sqft wonder). If you are in Newport and you have time to...
Wonderful! Couldn't ask for a better deal. The price of $35 is wonderful to view 5 houses of your choice. The tours are mostly self guided but the employees are great at answering questions....
This is an awesome historic preservation mansion that displays the excessive greed and wealth of The Vanderbilt's. It's a beautiful display of what super wealthy can do with an unlimited amount of...
This mansion is amazing! They give you headphones and you walk at your own pace through the mansion. There are even spots where you can spot and learn more. I definitely learned a lot about the...
Newport was founded in 1639 and its eight founders and first officers were Nicholas Easton, William Coddington, John Clarke, John Coggeshall, William Brenton, Jeremy Clark, Thomas Hazard, and Henry Bull, who left Portsmouth, Rhode Island after a political fallout with Anne Hutchinson and her followers. As part of the agreement, Coddington and his followers took control of the southern side of the island. They were soon joined by Nicholas Easton, who had recently been expelled from Massachusetts for holding heretical beliefs. The settlement soon grew to be the largest of the four original towns of Rhode Island. Many of the first colonists in Newport quickly became Baptists, and in 1640 the second Baptist congregation in Rhode Island was formed under the leadership of John Clarke.
Peace did not last long in Newport, as many did not like Coddington's autocratic style. As a result, by 1650 a counter faction led by Nicholas Easton was formed. The Coddington/Easton divide would dominate Newport politics for much of the 17th century. Newport soon grew to become the most important port in colonial Rhode Island. A public school was established in 1640.