Before the Hamptons became "The Hamptons," Newport was the summertime playground of the rich.
The Astors, the Vanderbilts and Edith Wharton all descended on the famous sailing town for socializing and climbing. They were followed by JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Doris Duke, and Claus and Sunny von Bulow.
But during the Second Gilded Age of the 1990s and 2000s, Newport seemed to get left behind. Its aging oceanfront estates became museums and the objects of "mansion tours" for gawking visitors.
But now, Newport may be regaining its shine. Last week, the estate known as Wildacre sold for $14 million, making it the third most expensive home ever sold in town. The property, sold by Campbell Soup heiress Dorrance Hamilton, has a 14-room mansion built in 1902 for Albert Olmsted, the brother of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park.