Island Cemetery

Belmont Chapel - 08/19/14The Island Cemetery and the Common Burying Ground are two separate cemeteries on Farewell and Warner Streets in Newport, Rhode Island. Together they contain more than 5,000 graves including a colonial era slave cemetery and Jewish graves. The pair of cemeteries were added to the National Register of Historic Places as a single listing in 1974.

Click here to download and view the 1974 application containing a wealth of information on the Island Cemetery and Belmont Chapel (starting on page 27.)

The Island Cemetery is a private cemetery started in the middle 19th century. Many members of Newport’s most prominent families have been buried there over the years including August Belmont, Sr., August Belmont, Jr., Richard Morris Hunt, Matthew C. Perry and Oliver Hazard Perry.