Land's End

42 Ledge Road, Newport, Rhode Island

Built in 1864 for Samuel Gray Ward (1817-1907) and his wife, Anna Hazard Barker (1813–1900). It was designed by John Hubbard Sturgis. Ward was a banker at Boston and co-founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As Ralph Waldo Emerson put it: "Many persons have confounded our Samuel Gray Ward, because of his later living at Newport, with Mr Samuel Ward, a resident there, brother of Mrs Julia Ward Howe, but with quite other sympathies and attitudes in the war, as his sister in her noble poem "The Flag" scrupled not to show". In 1876, the Wards built Oakwood at Lenox in The Berkshires and sold their Newport cottage to Robert Livingston Beeckman (1866-1935), a New York stockbroker who became 52nd Governor of Rhode Island. In 1893, Beeckman sold the cottage for $80,000 (not $800,000 which is the figure some like to fancifully quote today!) to the Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Edith Wharton. She extended the house, laid out the gardens and with her friend Ogden Codman Jr. redesigned the interiors. But, she quickly tired of Newport and (like Ward before her) moved to Lenox in the Berkshires, selling Land's End to fund her now famous mansion, The Mount

This house is best associated with...

Edith Wharton

Mrs Edith Newbold (Jones) Wharton, Gilded Age Author


Samuel Gray Ward

Samuel G. Ward, of Boston & Lenox, Massachusetts


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 11/07/2019 and last updated on 29/02/2020.


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