The wild stateside success of the British period drama about
post-Edwardian aristocrats and their live-in help has piqued interest in
the life of servants in the Gilded Age mansions of the seaside city.
The nation's wealthiest families built Newport "cottages" in the 19th
and early 20th centuries and would move their households here —servants,
silver and all — from New York and elsewhere in the summer to enjoy the
ocean breezes and society scene.