Mission: The preservation society of newport county'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. We hold in public trust the newport mansions, (cont. On schedule o)which are an integral part of the living fabric of newport, rhode island. These sites exemplify three centuries of the finest achievements in american architecture, decorative arts, and landscape design spanning the colonial era to the gilded age. Through our historic properties, educational programs, and related activities we engage the public in the story of america's vibrant cultural heritage. We seek to inspire and promote an appreciation of the value of preservation to enrich the lives of people everywhere.
Programs: The preservation society of newport county preserves eleven historic mansions, including seven national historic landmarks and eighty acres of parks, gardens and grounds, representing more than 250 years of social and architectural history. During the year, over 817,000 visitors took regularly-scheduled tours of the society's properties to learn about the buildings and the men and women who gave rise to these special places. In addition to general tours, the preservation society offers many other learning opportunities, designed to present its houses and collections to a broad and diverse audience in as many interesting and enlightening ways as possible. These programs include international symposia and forums, study days, lectures, workshops, films, tours, and the opportunity for visitors (cont. On schedule o)to experience the type of grand entertaining for which they were built. Educational programs are offered year-round.