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The Elms

367 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-1000
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Ranked #2 of 66 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Description: French-style mansion built for coal magnate Edward Berwind.
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Katy, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Another example of how the early American industrialists used their insane wealth and power to take advantage of cheap labor and abused the common worker.

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Baltimore
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We toured 5 mansions in one full day. They were all unique and offered different architecture and decorating styles to the visitor. We enjoyed them all - Marble House, Elms, Rosecliff, Chateau-Sur-Mer, and The Breakers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

The servants backstage tour was led by a docent who took us through the basement entrance of the Elms though the back stairs and up to the servants quarters explaining throughout some of the detailed information about the staff and owners of the Elms. She was quite informative and encouraged us to ask questions. Our group consisted of about 15... More

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Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It was our first mansion tour on a late Monday morning with an excellent guide (looked like Zach Galifianakis). You will see other rooms than from the self-guided tour which include the discreet deliveries' entrance, roof-top harbor view, laundry & boiler rooms. It was an impressive depiction on how the servants were accommodated in what was the "smart home" of... More

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Niantic, Connecticut
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Took a tour of the Elms today. Just as good if not better than our last visit several years ago. The home is in beautiful condition. The audio guided tour is wonderful . Glad to know the the Breakers and the Marble House are now audio guided tours . The grounds are beautiful. Loved our walk to see the sunken... More

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teaneck
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We only went to 3 of the mansions: Breakers, Rosecliff, and the Elms. We liked the Elms best followed by the Breakers and Rosecliff. All were worthwhile. The self guided tours are quite good. You don't need a tour guide.

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Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

definitely do the behind the scenes servants tour, you get to see so much more than the typical tour

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The grounds are beautiful, the house is impressive but where this property really shines is the Servants Area tour, it really gives one a sense of how the Gilded Age was for all classes. Well worth the visit.

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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

We visited The Breakers, The Elms, and Marble House. We found the Elms and especially the behind the scenes servant's tour to be our favorite. Don't miss the servant's tour, even though it is an extra charge. It is led by an actual docent, rather than the individual audio tours you use everywhere else. You can imagine how grand the... More

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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Don't miss The Elms! It's so incredible and the guided tour is really interesting. We also decided to take the "behind the scenes" tour which takes you to the third floor and rooftop - don't miss it. The tour guides are really well informed and its lime going back in time. The gardens and stables are also worthy of the... More

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