NRF promotes and invests in the architectural heritage of the Newport community, the traditional building trades, and Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collections, for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of all.
As a leader in the preservation of early American architecture, NRF supports research and education in areas directly related to its collections and issues of critical concern to the field of historic preservation.
Tour Doris Duke’s art-filled mansion and enjoy panoramic ocean views from the extensive grounds, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Open April to November.
Experience the only museum in the world specializing in 18th-century Newport furniture and related decorative arts.
Explore 40 acres of open space, a tribute to the agrarian heritage of Aquidneck Island. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk for public enjoyment.
Newport Restoration Foundation holds one of the largest collections of period architecture owned by a single organization anywhere in the United States.
Celebrate excellence in historic preservation efforts within the City of Newport, Rhode Island.
Live amidst history by renting one of our many historic properties.
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Newport Restoration Foundation celebrates the fall season with programs that include taking guests behind-the-scenes at our museums, bringing the community together at Prescott Farm, and discussing sea-level rise with our Newport and Nantucket neighbors. Please mark your calendars for upcoming special events including:
September 8 & October 13 / 12:00 – 3:00 pm / FREE / Prescott Farm
Each month, NRF partners with a local organization to explore different topics related to Prescott Farm in the past and present. Explore the nature trails with our guest guides, chat up URI’s Master Gardeners, or climb inside the historic windmill – themes, guests, and activities change monthly!
September: Aquidneck Community Table hosts a pop-up farmers market
October: Aquidneck Stone Wall Initiative shares the lasting importance of stone walls on the island
Behind the Design–A Craftsman’s Tour of Newport Furniture
September 12 / 5:00 – 7:00 pm / $25 / Whitehorne House Museum
Join furniture maker Timothy Philbrick on a special tour of the Whitehorne House Museum’s exceptional collection of 18th-century, Newport Furniture. Mr. Philbrick will share his professional and artistic insights into the construction and design of these beautiful works of American Craftsmanship. Doors open at 5 pm, the tour will begin at 5:15 followed by time for Q&A. For more information on Mr. Philbrick please visit his website at www.timothyphilbrick.com.
Tackling Sea Level Rise through Digital Technology: Lessons Learned from the Resilient Nantucket Model
September 18 / 6:00 – 8:00 pm / Free / Innovate Newport, 513 Broadway, Newport, RI
Newport Restoration Foundation and the City of Newport’s Historic Preservation Department are pleased to co-host a lecture given by Morris (Marty) Hylton III, Director of the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Florida and Preservation Institute Nantucket. Hylton will share his one-of-a-kind 3D visualization of sea level rise in Nantucket and discuss how this work has contributed to a larger town-wide initiative to address the impacts of climate change on the community’s historic resources. The presentation promises to be thought-provoking and shed light on how small coastal communities can begin planning for climate change. The event is being offered free of charge. Space is limited, so please register by Tuesday, September 17 at noon. Visit newportrestoration.org/events for more information.
Closet Tour: Fantastic Plastics
September 19 / 5:00 – 7:00 pm / $15 / Rough Point Museum
Peek inside Doris Duke’s closet and the Rough Point costume collection. This expert-led experience will focus on pieces from the collection made from synthetic materials and all of the challenges historic plastics present to modern-day curators. Come see for yourself if Doris’ go-go boots and scuba suits have withstood the test of time.
Ask a Gardener
September 28 & October 26 / 11:00 – 11:30 am / Rough Point Museum
Free with house or grounds admission.
Tour the Rough Point grounds in the company of experts – once a month our estate gardeners share their expertise on a range of topics from plant identification to organic garden care. Get insider tips about how the Rough Point staff keeps the grounds looking lush and how to incorporate those practices in your own home garden. This program takes place outside and is weather dependent. Tours meet at the camels.
Newport Schools Night
October 24 / 5:00 – 7:00 pm / Rough Point Museum & Whitehorne House Museum
This event is free for Newport County students and their accompanying adults.
We invite all Newport County K-12 educators, students, and accompanying adults to Rough Point Museum and Whitehorne House Museum for a free night of fall fun and exploration. This is a special opportunity for students and families to experience NRF museums before the end of the season. There will be hands-on activities, inside and outside, to inspire and encourage learning beyond the classroom. All ages are welcome.
For information on all events, visit newportrestoration.org/events.
As I write this post, fall is in the air, and I am fast approaching the end of my first “season” in Newport. Whitehorne House will close at the end of October, and Rough Point will close in mid-November,
Doris Duke (1912-1993) was a tobacco heiress, generous philanthropist, savvy businesswoman, discerning collector, visionary preservationist—and amateur musician.
On the morning of my first day at NRF as the Laird Museum Studies Intern, I nearly missed my exit. When I pulled onto the I-95 South ramp from Providence, I realized that if I just kept driving, the interstate would take me all the way down the Eastern Seaboard to North Carolina.
You asked and we’re answering! In our interactive talk back section of the Beyond Fortune: The Life & Legacy of Doris Duke exhibition at Rough Point, so many of you wanted to know: What happened to Doris Duke’s camels?