Some people spend years becoming celebrities. They toil away for years in obscurity, before finally making it big with that one role, or that one sports record, that catapults them from marginal to front and center. Other people seemingly become celebrities over night. This is usually because they have done something that is both fascinating and awful, so that the general public wants to know everything about them, but has zero interest in actually emulating them in any way. There is yet another group of celebrities. Interestingly, this group does the least to trumpet their celebrity status. These celebrities are often the children of famous people, and while they may be quite proud of their pedigree, they often choose to live quietly, away from the public eye, as much as possible. Such is the case with Dorrance Hamilton, often referred to affectionately as "Dodo". She is the granddaughter of John T. Dorrance. If you don't recognize that name, go look in your cupboard. Mr. Dorrance invented Campbell's Soup, the first condensed soup. Campbell's Soup went on to become a multi-million dollar business and made the Dorrance family very, very, very wealthy. Ms. Dorrance used some of her wealth to purchase a derelict mansion in 1998, and renovated it considerably. This week, she put the stunning property on the market.
Dorrance Hamilton's house, called "Wildacre", is 8,200 square feet and contains seven bedrooms and six bathrooms. The house is in Newport, Rhode Island, right against the water, and sits on 2.5 acres of land. In addition to the multiple bedrooms, Dorrance Hamilton's house, which was designed by Irving Gill and Olmsted Landscape, also features hardwood floors, marble countertops, an indoor pool, and outdoor infinity pool, tennis courts, a library, a terrace, multiple fireplaces, a wine cellar, a dock, and a separate guest house. Ms. Hamilton has children of her own, but apparently they are not interested in continuing to live in the massive structure. So, if you have $15.75 million, you too can live like the heir to a soup fortune, by scooping up Dorrance Hamilton's house.