Farewell Street is part of the main thoroughfare you encounter coming into Newport, Rhode Island. I try to walk or bike everywhere here in the summer...and when I can in the "off season" (aka minimal tourists and decent weather). It's the home to the Jewish Cemetery...the Island Cemetery...and the Common Burying Ground. I have listed some links below to check out and read about all the history we have packed in here.
The "Common Ground," is the oldest public cemetery in Newport. It was laid out about 1665. You have Ida Lewis, the famous Newport lighthouse heroine and William Ellery the signer of the Declaration of Independence, the graves of our early merchants, old sea captains, and war heroes. Within this cemetery is "God's Little Acre", which is the Colonial African Burial Ground. It is one of the oldest and largest colonial African burial grounds in the United States. Dating from the late 1600s, “God’s Little Acre” offers insight into the lives of enslaved and free Africans in the early colonial times.
The Island Cemetery (for those not familiar with Newport, it is located on Aquidneck Island), was established by the city in 1836, and transferred to the private Island Cemetery Corporation in 1848. Notable people buried there include Medal of Honor recipient Hazard Stevens, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, Commodore Matthew C. Perry and financier August Belmont. Last year in 2016 they opened up the Belmont Chapel and we got a sneak peek into the interior and the work being done to restore it.
This is definitely worth a visit while you visit Newport, not only to appreciate the past but just for a stroll to see all the people who fought for our independence in the colonial times, slaves who bought their freedom, and folks that were artists, architects, and founders of this great country of ours.
Newport Historical Society:
Common Ground and Island Cemetery in Newport:
"God's Little Acre"