NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Visitors to the spectacular Gilded Age mansion The Breakers in Rhode Island now have the chance to explore its depths with a new tour that shows off the domestic technology that helped make the 70-room building state-of-the art when it was completed in 1895.
The tour of the Newport mansion is a weekend handyman’s dream.
It takes place almost entirely underground, and includes a visit to boiler room, a walk through a tunnel as wide as a carriage and time exploring the mansion’s basement.
It’s a completely different way to look at the house, which draws hundreds of thousands visitors annually.
The Preservation Society of Newport County, which owns The Breakers and several other mansions in Newport, developed the tour in part based on journals kept by a resident house engineer.
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