Chepstow
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An Italianate-style villa, Chepstow was built in 1860 by resident Newport architect George Champlin Mason as the Chepstow summer residence of Edmund Schermerhorn. Acquired by Mrs. Emily Morris Gallatin in 1911, the estate continued in the Morris family until bequeathed in 1986 to the Preservation Society, with its collections intact and an endowment by Mrs. Alletta Morris McBean. Chepstow contains the original Morris-Gallatin furnishings together with important 19th-century American paintings and documents from other former Morris family residences. Guide-led tours six times per day, Saturdays and Sundays only. Special timed ticket required.
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magill1986
East Greenwich, RI173 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
A smaller mansion but was used more as a home in the latter 20th century. Some lovely design details.

Quite full of personal items and hardly a piece of wall not covered with art and photos etc. A bit much really but a lot of family history (multiple large homes) and nice it wasn’t all auctioned off. Would be nice to have a bit more time to look more closely at the art etc.

Nice enough tour, pleasant docent, space in some of the rooms a bit small for 10 tourists though - so rotating so every gets a glimpse meant not much time per space. But certainly a house that could be lived in now, compared to the entertainment summer homes.
Written 8 June 2024
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Slick5276
Salisbury, NC1,132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Not as spectacular as some of the larger mansions but still amazing in its own right. Furnishings reflect the owner which I enjoy seeing.
Written 15 October 2019
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Richard B
Tinton Falls, NJ155 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
The house is cluttered with furniture and tacky Knick-knacks collected by an egotistical owner who deeded the property to display what she felt the public should see i.e. references to relatives of centuries past as well as her amateurish hobby projects.
Written 28 September 2019
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bcnett
Stoneham, MA442 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I was impressed with this house in June 2012 when I last reviewed it and after today's visit am even more so. Unlike some the other reviewers, I like that the house reflects the changes that have been made through the years. I enjoyed all of Alletta Morris McBain's symmetry and after the first room, I kept looking for it in each room. She had a lot of lovely matching "knickknacks" . She had a lot of furniture in each room, but I thought it was tastefully and creatively arranged. It was a home that looked as if he had been lived in. I loved all of the rooms, but the sunroom was my favorite with two sides of totally glass windows.

The house is open more than it used to be. This year it closes mid-October. Until then there are tours at 10;30, 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30 every day. Membership is now $90.00 for a couple and $105.00 for a family (two adults and all children 6-17.)
Written 27 September 2019
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SnMBec
New City, NY63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Very interesting tour and a great guide. It's nice to see a mansion that was not the opulence of the gilded age houses. Very homey feel-my wife loved it.
Written 3 September 2019
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Linda M
Staten Island, NY60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
One of my favorite mansions of the Preservation Society is Chepstow. Full of beautiful historic furnishings aet in a livable setting. Philip was our tour guide. He was excellent. The grounds are beautiful. It feels like a real home . I love this place.
Written 27 August 2019
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Constance M
Cicero, NY25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Still worth going. It depends on what you like. For example, I go to the breakers, Marble House, Elms and Rosecliff every time I'm in Newport. I've been to Kingscote, Isaac Belle and Belcourt fewer times than those because they are not as spectacular, yet still interesting. Chepstow is interesting because of the family history. It was passed down and stayed in one family until it was given to the Preservation Society in 1996, I think. The house is basically original and there are other pieces of furniture and antiques from the family's other properties in Newport and New York City. It was a guided tour, and our guide was EXCELLENT. It is located just off Bellevue. It has an elevator but our guide said she was not aware if it was functioning. Free, off-street parking. I suggest buying a Preservation Society membership if you plan on seeing a number of their properties. Fully tax deductible, and no lines and 10% off in the gift shops!
Written 11 August 2019
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TxGayle
Frisco, Tx6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
We had a personal guide, Marry, who was wonderful. It is nice to have a personal guide these days since so many are now the audio guide. This home seems a more lived in and “regular family home” with beautiful objects belonging to a very wealthy family. Something different nice to see as well as the mansions of Newport.
Written 11 July 2019
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Carrie R
Bee Spring, KY95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Chepstow is my favorite of the smaller, lesser-known "mansions" run by the Newport Preservation Society. The Italianate style and the lighter decor of the rooms make it a bit more "breathable" than some of the other homes, even though it is crowded with treasures, as seems to be the Victorian way. The fact that it was still occupied by family until the nineties is evident in the ambience of the place. It feels like you have come to pay a call on dear old rich eccentric Aunt Martha who has just stepped out. Having the advantage of a collection of furniture and artifacts that is mostly original to the family makes it so much more special. The landscaping and gorgeous old trees are lovely. Our tour was conducted by a real live person (always better than the audio tour guides, in my opinion) who was enthusiastic and informative. If you have time for only one of the more petite palaces then my vote would be for Chepstow.
Written 24 June 2019
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jrzgirl417
Naples, FL10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
Our tour guide was more interested in telling us about the artwork on the walls and the artists who painted them, than telling us about the house and its owners. There was so much furniture crammed into the rooms and overabundance of artwork on the walls you couldn't appreciate what is a beautiful home (not mansion) it is.
Written 11 June 2019
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