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Ever wish you could peek inside the homes of Newport's rich and famous? The thirteenth annual Neighborhoods of Newport house tour provides (legal!) viewings of six homes in Newport County.

Chepstow, Newport, Rhode Island Newport-born architect and entrepreneur George Champlin Mason built Chepstow for Edmund Schermerhorn, a descendant of one of the first settlers in New Netherland.

Kingscote (Newport, RI)

Kingscote one of the first summer "cottages" in Newport – inspiration for Fable Resort

Marble House | Alva (Vanderbilt) Belmont sold Marble House to Frederick H. Prince in 1932. It was purchased 1963 from the Prince estate by Alva's son, Harold S. Vanderbilt, who donated it to the  Preservation Society of Newport County.

When "Marble House" was for sale, Home of Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Newport, RI. via: halfpuddinghalfsauce

Recommended reading: Fortune, frocks, fops and flops   a look at some British and American social history

Historical books - recommended reading list

Recommended reading: Fortune, frocks, fops and flops a look at some British and American social history

The Elms, Newport, RI

20 American Mansions Fit for Jay Gatsby

Flavorwire suggested 10 locations for The Great Gatsby. I pick the Elms, Newport RI. Old world wealth and charm.

Historic Fairholme Mansion on Atlantic Coast in Newport, R.I.  The historic Fairholme mansion sits at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean on four acres and offers cliffside views and beach access. Built in 1875, the estate features a six-bedroom carriage house, three interconnected greenhouses and an exquisitely tiled swimming pool.

Historic Fairholme Mansion in Newport, R. Built in 1875 for Fairman Rogers, a civil engineer & professor at the University of Pennsylvania by the architect Frank Furness.

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