Only three of the mansions - the Elms, The Breakers and Marble House are open at this time of year. More of the houses will open next month as more tourists return to Newport.
These mansions were summer cottages for the very wealthy who spent six weeks every summer in Newport before returning to their mansions in New York City, Long Island, Chicago or Philadelphia. Winters were spent in warmer climes.
On Thursday, my friend picked me up at the airport in Providence and we drove to Newport. First stop was Elms, once the home of the Berwind family. I also tried to talk my way into Rough Point (one the name of William and Nancy Leeds and later Doris Duke) as the gate was open. (the house opens next month). as well as seeing the exterior of Belcourt, the home of Alva and Oliver Belmont. We spent some time at one of Newport's beaches and the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge Center, where a Snowy Owl (from Quebec) is the star attraction. In the next few weeks, the owl will fly back to Canada.
Taking photos is encouraged at the Newport Mansions -- but no flash.
As this is the off-season, few tourists in Newport. No crowds, but also the fountains at these homes remain covered - and gardens won't be planted for a few more weeks.
|Elizabeth Drexel Berwind.|
|Can you spot the mistake?|
|Gertrude Berwind (1881) married Baron Ruprecht Ludwig Boecklin von Boeckslau (1875-1955). She was the niece of Edward Berwind, owner of the Elms. The marriage ended in divorce. The couple had one son, Ruprecht (1803-1978) https://www.nytimes.com/1978/06/04/archives/barons-son-kills-wife-and-himself-say-jersey-police-suicide-note.html|
|Yes, a summer cottage|
|Belcourt is now under renovation and restoration.|
|Snowy owl at Sachuest Point|
|My first Snowy Owl. So adorable.|