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“Don;t miss ther mansions”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Newport Mansions

Newport Mansions
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Newport Mansion Tour Along Ocean Drive
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Owner description: In Newport, RI, the leading architects of the 19th and early 20th centuries built magnificent mansions for the nation's social and financial elite. These "summer cottages" provided the backdrop for a society centered on sport, fashion and parties in settings of spectacular natural beauty. Ten of these properties have been preserved by The Preservation Society of Newport County and are open to the public. From the homes of a colonial merchant and leading China traders of the Victorian era, to the great Italian and French Renaissance palaces of the Gilded Age, these houses span over 250 years of American architectural and social history.Visit the Newport Mansions: The Breakers, Marble House, Rosecliff, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Isaac Bell House, Kingscote, Chepstow, Hunter House, and Green Animals Topiary Garden.
Woodmere, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Don;t miss ther mansions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

We bought a pass and saw each one. We have been to some more than once. Doris Duke's home is separate as is one other. Every one is a gem.

Visited November 2011
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Port Williams, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Trolley Ride ,History and Newport Mansions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

This was our third visit to Newport, R.H.This time we took the trolley tour of Newport. Our driver/guide was very interesting and certainly knew his history. We toured much of the city including the drive along the ocean. When we reached the mansion of choice that day (Marble House ) we were given one and one half hours to tour the mansion and the Tea House, also part of the property. On entering Marble House we were given earphones whereby we could listen to as much or as little of the history of the family, the building of Marble House, the life in that era, as we choose to hear. Photos were not allowed inside but they were outside. When the time was up our driver arrived to continue the guided tour of the city. Price for the tour of Newport and the mansion was reasonable. It was very good value for the money . The was a good quality gift shop on the premises.

Visited September 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

What an example of opulence back in the days of railroads, coal mining, etc. The homes are richly decorated with incredible craftsmanship that is not seen today. We just got the combination ticket called "The Breakers Plus One" because we didn't have time to see all of them. Actually, touring one would be enough if you didn't have much time. We also toured The Elms. The homes are all examples of the same time period and have many of the same type features. We happened to be touring at the same time as I was reading about the plight of the coal miners during that time period and how they were extremely poor and worked in horrible conditions with no hope of doing anything better for their families so I guess that may have tainted my opinion of all the wealth that was accumulated on the backs of the miners. Still worth the tour though.

Visited October 2012
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Elkhart, Indiana, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing mansions of the past”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

the audio tapes were very informative and easy to operate..staff at all mansions were friendly and answered questions..the mansions were absolutely astounding.

Visited September 2012
2 Thank Diana L
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Huntington Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Today's 1% has nothing on the old wealth that existed in Newport 100 years ago. This was an awesome experience to tour the homes of families responsible for building much of the wealth of this country during at the end of the 19th century

Visited September 2012
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