AAA Editor Notes
Rough Point is at 680 Bellevue Ave. The 49-room house museum was the Newport home of tobacco heiress and preservationist Doris Duke. On a promontory overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the 1891 English Manorial estate sits on grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and purchased in 1922 by James B. Duke. Upon James Duke's death in 1925, Rough Point was part of the fortune left to his only child, 12-year-old Doris.
Rough Point is fully furnished and decorated with Duke's extraordinary collection of fine art, including works by such masters as Gainsborough, Renoir and Van Dyck along with pieces of 15th-century Ming Dynasty porcelain, elaborate furniture and Flemish tapestries. The 75-minute tour explores the first floor, Doris Duke's bedroom and the exhibition galleries.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.