For the third consecutive year, The Preservation Society of Newport County has delivered over one million tours, attracting visitors from more than 100 countries and all 50 states to the Newport Mansions in 2018.
The longest trip reported this year to visit the mansions was 11,670 miles from Fremantle Western Australia to Newport, RI.
“People from around the world are curious and interested to know more about American history,” Preservation Society board chairman Monty Burnham said. “It is incredibly gratifying to see the commitment of our board, donors and staff rewarded by people from six continents making their way to Newport, Rhode Island to experience what we are preserving here. History is alive and well in Newport.”
The Newport Mansions are one of only four museums in New England that regularly reach one million admissions. The other three are in downtown Boston. Newport Mansions’ guests can see seven national historic landmarks and four other historic sites, including The Elms and Chateau-sur-Mer, as well as two Vanderbilt estates, The Breakers and Marble House.
“Historic Preservation is labor intensive and extraordinarily costly,” CEO and Executive Director Trudy Coxe said. “It takes nearly 400 people to preserve, protect and present the historic buildings and landscapes we hold in trust. Every one of those people deserves credit, along with our tourism industry partners.”