Common Burying Ground Celebration and Resetting of Gravestones

Join the Historic Cemetery District Commission at the Common Burying Ground (use Warner Street entrance) in Newport on Saturday October 22nd at 11 a.m. for the celebration and resetting of historic gravestones. The Mayes stone is a masterpiece dating to 1690 and was carved for a child of a Newport pirate. The stone was uncovered in a yard in Pennsylvania and hasn’t been seen since 1979. The Cook stone was also missing for many years but was hiding in the Point section of Newport.

Common Burying Ground (cemetery in Newport, RI)

Common Burying Ground – Cemetery in Newport Rhode Island

Following the program, students from Salve Regina University class on historic cemetery preservation will be
working in the burying ground. The public is invited to observe and interact with the students as they undertake their projects.

If extreme weather conditions (heavy, constant rains) are present, the event will be postponed to Sunday, October 23rd.