Newport Preservation Society

Newport’s Gilded Age mansions, one of Rhode Island’s top tourist destinations, surpassed one million tours in 2017 for the second consecutive year.

Trudy Coxe, CEO of the Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns the mansions,  says the success of the mansion tours shows that people care about historic preservation and “care about keeping America’s heritage alive.”

In the September and October, the Newport mansions ere the most visited in New England, drawing more to tours than even the largest Boston museums.

Small Win In Breakers Visitor Center Battle

Jan 10, 2017
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This week the Preservation Society of Newport County scored a small victory in its efforts to bring a visitor center to The Breakers, one of Newport’s many famous mansions that dates back to the Gilded Age.

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One of the last meetings in an ongoing battle over a visitor’s center at the historic Breakers Mansion in Newport will be held Tuesday.  

Breakers Mansion At The Center Of Heated Debate

Jan 27, 2014
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On Monday, Newport’s Zoning Board of Review will hear an appeal of a ruling by the city’s Historic District Commission that rejected plans for a welcome center at the Breakers Mansion.

The Commission decided against the idea in a 4:3 vote during a hearing last August. The Preservation Society of Newport County wants to put the welcome center outside the historic mansion once owned by the Vanderbilt family.

Newport City Zoning Officer Guy Weston said lawyers for the Preservation Society claim the hearing was flawed by a faulty staff report.