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Breakers Stables – A Hidden Gem

Breakers Stables – A Hidden Gem

After more than sixteen years of owning our Bed and Breakfast, Susan and I just had our first visit to the Breakers Stables. While we have sent hundreds upon hundreds of people to the mansions of the Preservation Society of Newport County and have visited most of the mansions ourselves, we never knew about the Breakers Stables. It really is a hidden gem. We just happened to be driving by it one day when we noticed the green open sign that can be seen from most of the mansions so we decided to stop and check it out. It was well worth the stop. The mansion is located on Coggeshall Avenue, about a half a mile west of the Breakers. 

IMG_3925On display at the stables are many fine examples of late 1800’s, early 1900’s carriages, many of which were also used by the Vanderbilts. One of the carriages Mr.Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt had built for him by the finest coach company around, Brewster Company of New York, was the Venture. The Venture, pictured here was taken to London, England every year along with the coachmen, stable boys and twelve teams where Mr. Vanderbilt had a stagecoach line that ran from Brighton to London which took seven hours to complete after stopping every hour to change teams and for lunch and tea.

The Stables used to have a second floor where the head coachmen lived n a spacious five room apartment and a separate area for the grooms and stable hands. Unfortunately this burned in 1970 and much of what is on display was only saved by the heroic efforts of the Newport Fire Department and many area residents. In addition to the carriages on display, you can see the stables where the horses were kept, tack rooms and a very nice display on early 1900’s railroading which the Vanderbilt family was involved in. Best of all the Stables are free with an admission to any of the Preservation Society mansions and its air conditioned! Ask us about it while staying at The Spring Seasons Inn in Newport, Rhode Island.

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