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Preserve Rhode Island works with local partners to take on special fundraising, advocacy, and research projects to raise the profile of historic preservation in Rhode Island and think strategically to protect our state's unique and historic places.




Preserving Aquidneck Island: Preservation Priorities

Aquidneck Island

In 2017, Preserve Rhode Island, in collaboration with The Preservation Society of Newport County, completed a project to identify, inventory, and prioritize historic properties that are on or adjacent to open space in Middletown, Portsmouth, and Newport. 

Using existing open space and historic resource maps, PRI and PSNC identified a list of historic properties  through research and in-the-field surveys. The result of the project was a database that identifies more than 100 properties with various types of historic structures, including barns and stone walls.  


Those properties identified as having the highest historical significance and integrity, and that contribute to the historic and scenic quality of Aquidneck Island, are the focus of a continuing preservation initiative in 2018 described above.

This project is supported by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation.

Burying the Powerline at Sachuest Point


For centuries – before the telephone – artists painted masterpieces along the beach road to Sachuest Point on Aquidneck Island. Preserve Rhode Island partnered with the Preservation Society of Newport County and Aquidneck Land Trust to raise $1 million to bury utility lines from Second Beach to the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. In 2017, the final poles were removed and one of Rhode Island’s most beautiful cultural landscapes was restored. 

Read the Providence Journal article about the completed project

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