For four generations, the Auchincloss family has lived on Hammersmith Farm, Newport's first & last operating farm. Purchased by John W. Auchincloss in 1887, the ninety-plus-acre property was propelledinto public awareness when in 1953 Jacqueline Bouvier & Senator John F. Kennedy held their wedding reception on the estate owned by Jackie's stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jr. & Jackie's mother, Janet Lee Bouvier Auchincloss.
Hammersmith Farm was built in 1887 for John W. Auchincloss, by architect Robert H. Robertson. Auchincloss, as it would turn out, was the the great-grandfather of Jacqueline Kennedy’s stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss; and Hammersmith Farm was Jacqueline Kennedy’s childhood home. It was later the location of the Kennedy’s wedding reception and their summer house while JFK was President.
Sep 12, 1953: JFK marries Jacqueline Bouvier More than 750 guests attended the ceremony presided over by Boston Archbishop Richard Cushing and featuring Boston tenor Luigi Vena, who sang "Ave Maria." A crowd of 3,000 onlookers waited outside the church for a glimpse of the newlyweds, who were taken by motorcycle escort to their wedding reception at Hammersmith Farm, an estate overlooking Naragansett Bay. Kennedy was elected the 35th president of the United States seven years later.
Hammersmith Farm is a Victorian mansion and surrounding property located in Newport, Rhode Island, United States and was the childhood home to Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The property hosted the wedding reception of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy. During his presidency, Kennedy spent enough time at Hammersmith Farm that it was referred to as the "Summer White House."
Hammersmith Farm was the large estate of the Auchincloss Family. Today, the estate is owned by a different family than the Auchinclosss, although they still own most of the outbuildings, including The Windmill, The Castle and The Palace.