Thursday, August 9, 2012
Bailey's Beach (today The Sprouting Rock Beach Association) was where Newport's elite flocked to enjoy Newport's beautiful ocean views. It was founded in 1890's and was used by Newport's high society families. To own one of Bailey's Beach's small wooden cabanas could mean acceptance into the fashionable world of Newport's elite, the only problem was only 500 members were allowed and new members were only added when one member died. Today, Bailey's Beach still has 500 members and is still just as exclusive as it was when the Astors, Vanderbilts, Whitneys and Van Alens occupied it.