STONE WALL REPAIR ON AQUIDNECK ISLAND
Preserve Rhode Island and The Preservation Society of Newport County have launched the Aquidneck Stone Wall Initiative to protect and improve the Island's historic and scenic quality through its historic stone walls. Stone walls are visible reminders of the Island's rural agricultural history and contribute to its sense of place, especially as they line well-traveled roads and frame views of historic farms and open space.
In May 2019, PRI and PSNC will complete the repair of stone walls at the West Main Road entrance of historic Simmons Farm in Middletown and at Norman Bird Sanctuary at Hanging Rock and Third Beach Roads. The van Beuren Charitable Foundation has provided generous funding for this pilot program.
The pilot project grew out of a 2017 survey of historic buildings and structures - such as stone walls - which was conducted jointly by PRI and PSNC in 2017. The survey identified many historic stone walls on the Island, some of which are overgrown or have fallen into disrepair.