Preservation Society of Newport County

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The largest of the Preservation Society's mansions, The Breakers

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 protects the architectural heritage of Newport County, especially the Bellevue Avenue Historic District. Seven of its 14 historic properties and landscapes are National Historic Landmarks, and most are open to the public.


The Preservation Society's administrative offices are located in the Osgood-Pell House

The Preservation Society of Newport County was founded in 1945 by a group of Newport residents led by Katherine and George Warren to save Hunter House from demolition. They were known as the Georgian Society until they changed their name to the Preservation Society of Newport County.

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt, Harold Stirling Vanderbilt's widow, bequeathed $1.25 million to the society upon her death in 1978.[1]

Properties open to the public[edit]

Former properties[edit]

  • 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 1848, bequeathed to the PSNC in 1978, later sold as a private residence.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vanderbilt will". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. August 19, 1978. p. 13. Retrieved June 15, 2018 – via (Registration required (help)).

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