by Brian Carroll
As summer draws near it is time to start thinking about making those plans for trips to the beach. For many, this means booking the summer house, or visiting the summer cottage that has been handed down from generation to generation.
For myself, as a child, our summer house consisted of a small (and by small, I mean 8×12) cabin, with an area to throw up tents for sleeping. For other, it may mean a small rustic beach cabin along the Atlantic, or even a funky cedar shaked house along the Pacific. There was an era though, when the very wealthy built magnificent homes (or cottages as they referred to them) along the shores of Rhode Island.
Before there was such thing as personal income tax, wealthy people such as the Vanderbilts were ablet to make massive fortunes. With this huge amount of money they needed to have summer retreats along the coast. One can not even fathom what they had in mind when they set out to build these so called “cottages.”
Below you can see a few of the summer homes that are still standing along the shores of Newport, Rhode Island
Vanderbilt Marble House
To Learn more about these castles cottages, visitit The Preservation Societ of Newport.