Thank you for your continued interest.
Last year, Mrs. Donald (Harle) Tinney made
the tough decision to sell her family's home.
Belcourt Castle as it had been known, was in
the Tinney family for 56 years, beginning in November of 1956 when
it was bought and ending in the sale completed in November of 2012.
Donald Tinney only 19 already lived in
Newport with his family at Seaverge, when then only called Belcourt,
was purchased. Coming from the Cumberland area of Rhode Island, the
family preferred Newport for the architectural history and the
ability to preserve the past. This young man had a dream...his
mission was to own a large enough home, mansion to be able to
collect things from all over the world and let people see them
closer, maybe touch them but see these objects of art as their
friend. Restoration of a home and these antiques were now the
Comprehension from others would follow and
many believed he knew this, but " Donald's Dream " didn't end with
his leaving this world, some feel it, understand his talent,
practice his dream but as an artist, few know he did live it. Those
who have visited Belcourt Castle before, worked there, enjoyed and
respected it through the years.....Thank You for doing so! It was
Donald's joy and his his dream along with his family's to see this
happen, to create this museum.
He showed his passion to his mother Ruth,
and father Harold, later his wife, Harle and many. He inspired his
Aunt Nellie Fuller and along with her and his parents were known
then as " The Fabulous Four ". They changed Newport when Belcourt
Castle came to life again. Harle Tinney after their deaths
maintained that and when left to sell this vast architectural gem,
guided by numerous memories since 1960 and even before, needed to
know that the dream of long ago had been fulfilled and she did.
Countless memories have been brought to us
all by Belcourt Castle over the years. Share those moments of time
with us now! Show us and others what Belcourt Castle meant to
you.....send us your stories, pictures if you have them. Let this
vision continue by letting us know your words and also if possible,
visually experience those moments. Share that gift given to you!
The great news is when you send us your
memory you will have the opportunity to get a copy of Harle Tinney's
book about the Ghosts of Belcourt Castle. She writes about her
experiences living at Belcourt Castle in the beginning as a young
bride and forward.
Join us again, help us share what Belcourt
Castle and the Tinney family legacy, to a Richard Morris Hunt
masterpiece meant. Just email us your thoughts, pictures and details
will follow. If you need a physical address to send to, we shall
provide that upon inquiry and discretion. Thank you again, and as
many around Belcourt Castle and the Tinney family would have
said...We make the Magic!
Friends of Belcourt Castle