RI - Newport: Hammersmith Farm - Main House

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    Hammersmith Farm, a large-28 room Victorian mansion and its 48-acre property, was built for John W. Auchincloss, the great-grandfather of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis's stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss, in 1887. Jackie summered here as a child, and the property hosted over 2,000 guests to the wedding reception between she and then Senator John F. Kennedy on September 12, 1953. During his presidency, JFK spent enough time at Hammersmith Farm that it was referred to as the Summer White House.

    Following the death of Hugh Auchincloss Jr, Fruit of the Loom executive and Pawtuckett native William F. Farley bought the mainhouse for $6.675 million in 1997, to ensure that it would not be turned into a hotel, spa or condos. In 1999, he flipped it for over $8 million to Peter Kiernan, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, who converted it back to private use. The furnishings of the Farm were sold off in a Christie's auction in 2000 that fetched $233,620.

    The Castle, the Palace, and the Windmill, three guesthouses, remained in possession by the Auchincloss family. In 2003, the Windmill, a single family house, which Jackie bequeathed to her stepbrother, Hugh Auchincloss, was put on the market for $5.95 million.

    1. GrandpaBob2 92 months ago | reply

      Followind the death of Hugh Auchincloss Jr. the property was sold to Camelot Gardens Inc who opened the property to the public for almost 20 years. In 1997 Camelot Gardens sold the property to William Farley who owned it foir approximately 2 years before he sold it to Peter Kiernan.

    2. memmim 35 months ago | reply

      This is an excellent picture of the back lawn view of Hammersmith Farm where the wedding reception was held. I don't see one of the front of the house - do you have one I've missed? Also you have a great picture of the Windmill guest house. Do you have pictures of the other guest houses, The Castle and the Palace, that I have missed? I've seen some references to the Windmill being Jackie's playhouse, but I do not agree. A playhouse far from the main house and close to the bay would not be a good idea. When we toured Hammersmith Farm in 1993 the gift shop was to the right of the main residence. We were told that it was the former playhouse. I saved my gift shop bag and it has a picture of the playhouse on it. It was very pretty - in the same style as the main residence. I would post it here but don't know how. : )

    3. wallyg 35 months ago | reply

      No...unfortunately, I only saw it from the bay...hence the rearview. All my Newport photos are (as I type this, which is subject to change if someone's reading this five years from now) in two sets sitting in the Rhode Island collection: www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/collections/72157600188557906/.

    4. bethanyhissong 23 months ago | reply

      I visited in 1993 also and loved the gardens (to the right in this photo)... lots of zinnias! I should post my photos.

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