I picked up my November issue of This Old House magazine and was happy to see a story on the Newport Restoration Foundation houses in Newport, Rhode Island. The Newport Restoration Foundation was started by Doris Duke in 1968 as a foundation to preserve and protect 83 historic homes in and around Newport. Today, they have a tenant stewardship program which rents the homes to people who will look after them with care and love, protecting the historical integrity. My in-laws actually rent one of these homes on Prescott Farm outside of downtown Newport so I was very excited to read the article. Prescott Farm (where they currently live) is meant to showcase what the rural landscape on Aquidneck Island would have looked like in the 18th and 19th centuries. On the property is a windmill and a few impressive gardens that are run by master gardeners in partnership with the University of Rhode Island.
The article in TOH focuses on 3 siblings that each rent one of the homes. Very cool! Below are some of the photos from the article that showcase the beauty and historical charm of the homes. Enjoy!