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Newport Arboretum Week - Tree Walk at Chateau-Sur-Mer
Hosted by the Preservation Society of Newport County, this guided tree walk is a unique opportunity to walk the grounds of one of Newport’s legendary Gilded Age mansions, Chateau-sur-Mer, and examine its exceptional collection of specimen trees. The 11:00 AM guided walk will be led by Jeffrey Curtis, Preservation Society Director of Gardens and Grounds.
More About Chateau-Sur-Mer
Completed in 1852, Chateau-Sur-Mer was considered the grandest of the Newport residences until the Vanderbilt houses of the 1890s.
The mansion was built as an Italian-style villa for the China trade merchant William Shepard Wetmore. He died in 1862, leaving most of his fortune to his son, George, and daughter, Annie. George got married in 1869, and during an extended trip to Europe in the 1870s, they left the home to be remodeled by Richard Morris Hunt. Consequently, the home has many of the modern design trends of the last half of the 19th century.
The Preservation Society purchased the house 1969. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006.