our vision

Stone walls are visible reminders of Aquidneck Island’s history.

 
 

The Aquidneck Stone Wall Initiative is a joint effort being led by The Preservation Society of Newport County and Preserve Rhode Island. It is intended to protect and improve Aquidneck Island’s scenic quality by preserving its historic stone walls. Stone walls are visible reminders of the Island’s rural agricultural history and contribute to its sense of place and scenic character.

Aquidneck Island’s surviving historic landscapes are fragmented, in varying states of repair, and they are increasingly threatened by development. By repairing stone walls along key transportation corridors we seek to mend the landscape and improve the historic and scenic quality of the Island.

With generous support from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation, The Preservation Society and Preserve Rhode Island are helping property owners restore stone walls through grant funding, education, and contractor facilitation.

We welcome community input and feedback. Do you know of a stone wall that needs saving? Would you like to see more funding made available in the future? Let us know. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Trudy Coxe, CEO and Executive Director
The Preservation Society of Newport County

Valerie Talmage, Executive Director, Preserve Rhode Island

Masons Robert Faraone and Michael Murphy repairing an historic retaining wall at  Simmons Farm  in Middletown.

Masons Robert Faraone and Michael Murphy repairing an historic retaining wall at Simmons Farm in Middletown.