"Newport's Bellevue Avenue" Bellevue Avenue Tip by Ewingjr98

Bellevue Avenue, Newport: 3 reviews and 6 photos

During America's Gilded Age, Bellevue Avenue was the heart of Newport's social scene. The street is lined with historic mansions including the Isaac Bell House, the Elms, Chateau Sur Mer, Rosecliff, the Breakers, Beechwood, Marble House, Belcourt Castle, and Rejects Beach at the end of the Cliff Walk. Wealthy who summered at Newport during the Gilded Age of the late 1800s included the Vanderbilts, the Morris family from New York (which included a signer of the Declaration of Independence), E.J. Berwind (the Philadelphia coal magnate), Tobacco heiress Doris Duke, and the Astors. Following World War II, many of the mansions became museums, as they remain today.

Bellevue Avenue stretches 2.4 miles through Newport and is the town's longest and widest street. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976.

Address: Bellevue Avenue
Website: http://tps.cr.nps.gov/nhl/detail.cfm?ResourceId=1192&ResourceType=District

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  • Written Oct 25, 2011
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