Perched on a dramatic windswept promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Rough Point Estate finely preserves the memory of Newport's elaborate Gilded Age.
In 1922, James Duke, the founder of fortunes in electric power and tobacco and the namesake of Duke University, purchased Rough Point, a vast English manor house built by Frederick W Vanderbilt. Upon his death in 1925, his only child, Doris, inherited his enormous legacy. Duke is perhaps most well known for her philanthropy but also for her high living and eccentricities. Doris had a keen eye as a collector and followed this passion throughout her life. Her home is filled with artists’ work such as Renoir, Van Dyck, Joshua Reynolds, as well as artisans from the Ming Dynasty. Upon her passing in 1993, she bequeathed the estate to the Newport Restoration Foundation, an organisation she had founded to help preserve Newport's architectural heritage. Today the estate remains virtually unchanged since her death.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The guided tour of the manor house takes approximately 1 1/2 hours. Guests are required to stand as no seating is available.