We are dipping into a different avenue on our Heiress Tour in the next few episodes. Welcome to Newport! It’s been waiting for you.
I am thrilled to begin this next Heiress arc introducing the history of this Rhode Island playground of the Gilded Age, long before the Gilded Age begins. Newport begins as a 17th century colonial experiment embracing religious freedom, and by the middle of the 1800’s is a flourishing seaside vacation village for the wealthy, coming in droves to exclusive luxury hotels for a summer escape.
This is Newport from the 1500s to the 1870s – let’s set the scene for the most exclusive and expensive of Heiress playgrounds in the Gilded Age.
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Kings, Queens, Knaves, and Jokers in Newport’s High Society During the Gilded Age. (warwickhistory.com)
A History of Bellevue Avenue in Pictures (YouTube link)
Colonial Newport: An American Experiment (YouTube link)