One of the very first grand Bellevue Avenue mansions of the Gilded Age in Newport, Rhode Island is now a museum with tours offered and owned by the Preservation Society of Newport County.
Chateau-sur-Mer is such a beautiful and opulent Victorian mansion with 3 amazing floors in the great hall that full of period furniture. The wallpapers, ceramics, stenciling, and furniture were the best of its time when it was finished. Many memorable events were held here like a picnic for more than 2,000 people in 1857 and a debutante ball held in 1889 for one of the daughters, Edith. The home was a summer home for the Wetmore family. It sits on 35 acres and was built with stone instead of wood like many other estates in Newport.
Tours are offered at this opulent Victorian mansion, and they are available from 10 am - 5 pm and worth a visit - it is stunning inside and out! The mansion is of the Italianate-style and was built for William Shepard Wetmore who was a China trade merchant. When Wetmore died in 1862, he left everything to George Peabody Wetmore who was his son. He also left his daughter, Annie Derby Wetmore a very generous allowance. George got married in 1869 to Edith Keteltas and in the 1870s they took a long trip to Europe. While they were away, the architect, Richard Morris Hunt, remodeled and redecorated the entire house in the style of Second Empire French. The couple had two daughters, Edith and Maude. George Peabody Wetmore had a long and notable political career as the Governor of Rhode Island and as a United States Senator. He died in 1921 and his wife died in 1927. In 1969, the Preservation Society bought the property and home and it was made a National Historic Landmark in 2006. The name Chateau-sur-Mer means "Castle by the Sea".