"Just a touch of garland on the mantel" - Gilded age summer cottages become winter wonderl
Gilded Age mansions along the Hudson River also celebrate with extravagant decorations - above photo of Mills Mansion, Staatsburgh State Historic Site, New York
The Gilded Age mansions of Newport, Rhode Island have long attracted tourists, ever since the original family owners sold them or otherwise turned them over to non-profits to be operated as museums during the mid-1900s. But it is only recently that these former "summer cottages" began being decorated for Christmas. The social season in turn-of-the-20th-century Newport extended onlyi through the summer months and the mansions were essentially closed for the remainder of the year. But during the last quarter of the 20th century, the museum operators recognized an opportunity the original owners never considered - outfitting these fabulous homes for Christmas! Happy Holidays to all!
By Roberta Khederian
December 21, 2018
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