Island Cemetery is private and photographs are not allowed unless authorized by the owner of the plot. To seek permission to photograph an ancestor's gravestone, one should write to the Board of Trustees, Island Cemetery, 30 Warner Street, Newport, RI 02840.
The town of Newport, on the 18th of May, 1836, purchased a tract of land, which was the beginning of the cemetery now known as the "Island Cemetery," on Warner street. Early the next year Mr. Henry Bull and William W. Freeborn were appointed to lay out the new burial ground. In 1839 a certain portion was surveyed and laid out into one hundred and thirty-six lots, each one rod square. These were offered for sale at moderate rates. In 1844 the balance of the purchase was laid out, avenues made, trees and shrubbery set out, and a substantial fence built. In 1848 a company was formed to whom the town conveyed the grounds. The trustees of the "Island Cemetery Company" were authorized to take care of the property, to grant deeds of lots unsold and to adopt the necessary means for raising funds as might be required for the purposes of the new company. Several additions have been made to the original purchase, thus affording better conveniences, and rendering this spot a fitting repository for the dead.
GPS Coordinates: 41.49566, -71.31356
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #104469
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