THE NEWPORT POSTCARD GALLERY
APC 40. Residence of Senator Wetmore: Chateau Sur Mer. Owned by The Preservation Society and open to the public today. Built in 1852 Chateau-sur-Mer is one of Newport's grand 'cottages'. In 1857 a "Fete Champetre" was held for over 2000 guests. Built for China trade merchant William Peabody Wetmore who died in 1862. His son George Peabody Wetmore inherited the bulk of his fortune. The home was remodeled in the 1870's under the direction of Architect Richard Morris Hunt in the Second-Empire Style. Wetmore was Governor of Rhode Island and U.S. Senator and passed away in 1921. He had two daughters, Maude and Edith who never married. The Preservation Society purchased Chateau-Sur-Mer in 1969. "There's no use talking about it," says Miss Edith Wetmore of Newport's "Chateau Sur Mer," "we're the end of an era, if you please." Miss Wetmore, whose grandfather, George Peabody Wetmore, built Newport's first large mansion just a hundred years ago, has in her will left "Chateau Sur Mer" to the Society of New England Antiquities; she feels that, socially speaking, Newport is within eight of being a complete ghost town. "I mean to say," she says, "if you know what I mean, there are just eight families left. Fortunately I like very few people." * From "The Last Resort" by Cleveland Amory.
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