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.