Wednesday, July 18, 2012
"The Rocks" cottage, Newport
"The Rocks" was a large cottage on one of the best lots in Newport, on a large hill overlooking the famed Spouting Rock. It was built by John Hubbard Sturgis for Edward Boit and his wife Maria. It was later bought by millionaire Henry Clews, who retired there with his wife Lucy. Lucy loved spending money on fancy clothes from Paris and lavish jewels from Tiffany & Co. and it was often said that Henry's knack for making money nearly kept pace with her determination to spend it. On Henry's death the house passed to Lucy. Lucy continued to use "The Rocks" as her summer residence and shared it with her son Henry Jr. and his family, along with her daughter Elsie and her family. Later on, after Lucy's death, the home burned down and the land was bought by the Cushing family who merged it with their adjoining property and cottage "The Ledges".