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Historic Cemetery Day event in Newport

April 15, 2017
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Common Burying Ground, Warner Street entrance
Newport, RI 02840
(401) 619-3859


Common Burying Ground Open House and self-guided tour.

Following the success of last year's recognition of historic cemeteries in the state, Representative Anthony Giarrusso has introduced a bill to declare April 15th Historic Cemetery Restoration/Awareness Day. While events will take place throughout the state, plans for Newport include an Open House from noon to 2pm at the Common Burying Ground located on Farewell and Warner Streets. The Common Burying Ground may well be the most historic burial site in the state if not New England. It covers ten acres of land and is the resting place of about 8000 people from all aspects of Newport's history. The slate stones dating mostly from the 1700s are not only historic artifacts from colonial times but also exquisite examples of early American folk art.
Members of the city's Historic Cemetery Advisory Commission and will be on site to answer questions and provide general guidance. The Commission will debut a self-guided tour of the grounds highlighting more than a dozen notable people or stones.

This is a free, family-friendly event. Sensible walking shoes are highly suggested as the ground is uneven. Visit our welcome table at the Warner Street entrance for the tour information and refreshments.

Historic Cemetery Day event in Newport
  • April 15, 2017
  • Common Burying Ground, Warner Street entrance
  • FREE