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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The grandest of all the Newport mansions, the Breakers was built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, the older brother of William, who had already built Marble House nearby. The scale of the building is...
If you're coming to Newport for vacation or if you're a local looking to get a refresh tour of the mansions, this is the one that should top your list. It is pricey but the money goes towards the...
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...
Where ever my eyes falls there's beauty! Touring inside The Breakers and walking inside felt like walking in a poetry in motion. I opted out of the provided head gear for the self guided tour....
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.