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John F. Kennedy arrives at Hammersmith Farm in 1962
Hammersmith Farm is a Victorian mansion and surrounding property located in Newport, Rhode Islandmarker, United Statesmarker and was the childhood home to Jacqueline 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." Notably the Peace Corps Act of 1961 (Public Law 87-293) was signed into law by Kennedy in late September 1961 during one of his stays.

Hammersmith Farm was built in 1887 for John W. Auchincloss, the great-grandfather of Jacqueline Kennedy's stepfather, Hugh D. Auchincloss. The house was located in an area in Newport known as "Hammersmith" after the hometown of the first settler of the region, William Brenton, a 17th century governor. The house was opened for public tours in 1978. Following the death of Hugh Auchincloss, Jr., Fruit of the Loom executive William F. Farley bought the mainhouse for $6.675 million in 1997. In 1999, he sold it for over $8 million to Peter Kiernan, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, who converted the home back to private use. The furnishings of the Farm were sold off in a Christie's auction in 2000 that fetched $233,620.


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