The English are known for their opulent country manors, but many wealthy Americans built mansions in the United States. The Breakers, summer home to the Vanderbilts, is one of the largest and most well-known.
Her daughter, Countess Sylvia Szapary, sold it to the Preservation Society of Newport in 1972 for $365,000. The society agreed that the countess could live there for the rest of her life. Today, the home is open to the public, except for the third floor, which the family still lives in.
Questions and Answers
Question: Where did the Vanderbilt family get their wealth?
Answer: Cornelius’s grandfather (1794-1877) began the family’s fortune with steamships and later the New York Central Railroad, which was very important in the country’s industrial development.
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