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Immerse yourself in a world of wealth and power as it existed at the dawn of the 20th century. Discover the Gilded Age Experience in the grand villas of the powerful men and influential women who made Newport America's leading resort and a center of the arts and architecture. Tour the great Vanderbilt houses, along with the breathtaking French chateau of a leading industrialist, the party pavilion built by a Wild West silver heiress, and the imposing stone mansion erected for a China Trade merchant, and feel how life was lived on the grand stage of high society.

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Start your experience by exploring the Victorian villa of China Trade merchant William Wetmore, Chateau-sur-Mer, the first of Newport's palatial summer mansions, where the Gilded Age began.

Enjoy the new audio tour at Marble House where you'll learn about the dynamic Alva Vanderbilt-society hostess, dedicated suffragist, and patron of the arts-who was given the house by her husband as a 39th birthday present and who married off her daughter to English nobility in it.

Don't miss The Breakers, the grand 70 room Italian Renaissance-style villa built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II, President and Chairman of the New York Central Railroad, after his first house burned down.

Join us at The Elms where you'll hear intriguing details about coal millionaire Edward Berwind and life in his French-style chateau, a house that represented the height of gracious living and entertaining at the dawn of the American century.

Wind up your Gilded Age Experience at Rosecliff, and imagine yourself at one of the fabulous parties hosted by silver heiress Tessie Oelrichs in its magnificent ballroom, the largest in Newport.

Admire the craftsmanship in the renowned collection of furniture made by the celebrated Townsend-Goddard craftsmen of 18th century Newport at Hunter House, look out over Newport's modern day waterfront and imagine the hustle and bustle of the Colonial seaport.

Visit Chepstow, a classic Victorian summer cottage with its wrap-around veranda and a collection of important American paintings.

Stroll among dozens of fanciful animals and shapes sculpted from living plants at Green Animals Topiary Garden, an historic country estate on the shores of Narragansett Bay.

See first-hand the ongoing restoration of a National Historic Landmark at Isaac Bell House, home of a wealthy cotton broker and a classic example of uniquely American shingle-style architecture.

Delight in the charm of one of Newport's first summer cottages at Gothic Revival Kingscote, built for a Georgia plantation owner escaping from the Southern heat.

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