RI mansion sells for $4.4 million

September 28, 2018

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island mansion once owned by socialite and ardent Republican supporter Eileen Gillespie Slocum has sold for $4.4 million.

The Newport Daily News reports the Harold Brown Villa in Newport sold Friday to undisclosed buyers looking to turn it into a family home.

The nearly 14,000-square-foot home was built in 1880, and it is located nearly 5 acres of land. It has 25 rooms, including 12 bedrooms.

The mansion was built by Harold Brown and eventually sold to Gillespie Slocum, who was a distant relative.

Gillespie Slocum was known to throw extravagant dinner parties with guests such as former President Gerald Ford, Sen. Elizabeth Dole and Vice President Dick Cheney.

Four generations of the Slocum family lived in the home until its sale.

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