Showing up to Rough Point, you drive through the amazing gates and are able to walk around the grounds. The price of admissions is well worth the visit to this faux English manor house that also contains heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke’s impressive art holdings, which includes grand medieval tapestries, furniture owned by French emperors, Ming Dynasty ceramics and paintings by Renoir and Van Dyck.
Touring this property is absolutely amazing, it feels like you are walking through a living museum of sorts where everything just pops out at you but it is not on “display” I really enjoyed this fact as it allowed you to see how someone of this upper echelon status would live their life.
A few points of information I learned on the tour, the property was built in 1889 by Frederick W Vanderbuilt, positioned on the rocky bluff over looking the ocean it made this property very valuable and very desired. Purchased by tabacco baron James B Duke, and passed to his daughter Doris in 1925 along with his $80 Million fortune. During her teenage years she would spend her summers here, and as an adult most of her time. Even better the contents of the house are exactly as she left them at the time of her death in 1993, which is upkept by the foundation she started called: Newport Restoration Society.
Find the glassed-in sunroom containing the only pedestrian furniture as the couch appears to be from a department store and mannequins wearing some of Duke’s bizarre clothing