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.
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.
As of December 2019, PRI and PSNC completed 220 feet of the repair of stone walls at the West Main Road entrance of historic Simmons Farm in Middletown.. Work on stone wall repari at Norman Bird Sanctuary at Hanging Rock and Third Beach Roads began in March 2019.
Be sure to view the video below to see stone wall repair in progress in the autumn of 2019!
The van Beuren Charitable Foundation has provided generous funding for this pilot program.
Video of stone wall repair in progress - Autumn 2019
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