John F and Jackie Kennedy Wedding Reception Hammersmith Farm, Hammersmith Farm is a Victorian mansion and surrounding property located in Newport, Rhode Island, United States and was the childhood home of 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”. Notably, President Kennedy announced that John McCone would become the new Director of the Central Intelligence Agency during one of his stays at Hammersmith in late September 1961.
The main house on 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 of the island originally known as “Hammersmith” after the hometown of the first settler of the area, William Brenton, a 17th century governor who founded the first farm on the site in 1640. 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 partner at Goldman Sachs, who restored the failing edifice and converted the home back to private use. The house had not been lived in since 1974 (over 25 years) and had fallen into serious disrepair.