The Newport Spring Leadership Committee has announced that a public meeting to be held on Wednesday, July 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Edward King House (35 King Street). During this meeting, the preliminary design for the Newport Spring Site will be shared, to be followed by a public dialog where attendees are invited to give feedback about the plan.
The initial findings of the March 2018 archaeology study at the site have guided the design and interpretive plan. While research is on-going, experts have confirmed that the underground structure found on the site is indeed a “spring box.” “Spring box” is a term to describe a cistern that both holds and delivers water for a working spring. The spring box found at the Newport Spring Site is considered to be very old and indeed part of a living water system that has existed under Newport’s streets for centuries.
These archaeology findings have been integrated with the goals for the preservation of the site around which the city was founded on the premise of religious freedom. These objectives include preserving the site as open space in perpetuity and interpreting its historical significance in a manner that allows civic enjoyment, improves public pedestrian and motor vehicle safety and fosters cultural and economic vitality.
The Newport Spring Leadership Committee would like to express its deep gratitude for the many individual, foundation and corporate donors who have supported the project to date. To date, more than $1 million in donations has been invested to purchase the site, develop a community-focused site plan, conduct environmental remediation and complete the archaeology investigation.
Updates about the Newport Spring Project will be posted to its website, HistoricNewportTownSpring.org, and Facebook page, Facebook.com/historicnewportsp