Preservation Society of Newport County
The Preservation Society of Newport County is a private, non-profit organization based in Newport, Rhode Island. It is Rhode Island's largest and most-visited cultural organization. The organization's mission is "to protect, preserve, and present an exceptional collection of house museums and landscapes in one of the most historically intact cities in America" --Newport, Rhode Island. The organization also protects the architectural heritage of Newport County, Rhode Island, but most especially the Bellevue Avenue Historic District. Its fourteen historic properties and landscapes—seven of which are National Historic Landmarks, and eleven of which are open to the public—form a complete essay of American historical development from the Colonial era through the Gilded Age. It was announced on January 8, 2017 that the 2016 visitation of the Preservation Society properties had surpassed 1,000,000 visitors.
The Preservation Society is led by CEO Trudy Coxe.
The Preservation Society of Newport County was founded in 1945 by a dedicated and concerned group of Newporters led by Katherine and George Warren to save Hunter House from demolition. For a brief time they were known as the Georgian Society until they changed their name to the Preservation Society of Newport County.
Properties open to the public
- Arnold Burying Ground, founded 1675
- Hunter House, built 1748–1754
- Kingscote, originally George Noble Jones House, built 1839
- Chateau-sur-Mer, built 1852
- Chepstow, built 1860
- Green Animals Topiary Garden, built c.1860
- Isaac Bell House, built 1883
- Marble House, built 1888–1892
- The Breakers, built 1893–1895
- The Elms, built 1898–1901
- Rosecliff, built 1899–1902
- Rovensky Park, built 1852
- White Horse Tavern, built in 1673 (restored by the PSNC in 1952, but now privately owned and operated as a working tavern)
- Malbone Castle and Estate, built 1849, bequeathed to the PSNC in 1978, later sold to the Leach family
- The Preservation Society of Newport County Official Web Site.
- The Preservation Society of Newport County: an introduction from Magazine Antiques, April 1995.