Newport, Rhode Island Trip on July 26, 2018

On Thursday, July 26, 2018 Dames and Members of  The Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum enjoyed a thoroughly delightful day in Newport, Rhode Island.  The first destination was The Blue Garden, a “secret garden” designed between 1911 and 1913 by Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and Harriet Parsons James, the owner of the property.  The Garden has been extensively refurbished and is only open twice a month.  How lucky we were!  Please visit:  The Blue Garden, Newport.

The second stop was for luncheon at “Indian Spring”,  the summer home of a Dame.  This granite and brownstone castle was designed by Richard Morris Hunt in 1890 and the landscaping was originally crafted by Frederick Law Olmsted.

The group proceeded on to Middletown, RI to visit Whitehall Museum House, owned by the National Society of the Colonial Dames in Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.  Whitehall dates to 1729 when it was purchased by Bishop George Berkeley, a renowned Irish philosopher for whom Berkeley College at Yale is named.

Photo credits:  Gay Ayers, Gail Faherty