Arnold Burying Ground
|Location||Newport, Rhode Island|
|Owned by||Preservation Society of Newport County|
|Number of interments||62|
|Find a Grave||Arnold Burying Ground|
Arnold Burying Ground (also known as the Governor Arnold Burying Ground) is a historic cemetery on Pelham Street just east of Spring Street in Newport, Rhode Island. It is the burial place of Benedict Arnold, Rhode Island's first governor under the Royal Charter of 1663.
History and description
The cemetery was established in 1677 as the burying ground for the family of Governor Arnold who emigrated to Rhode Island from England in 1635 with his father, William Arnold. The Governor, his wife, and many of his family are buried here. For many years the cemetery was buried under a garden in the back yard of a residence, but in 1949 a major renovation began whereby all the stones were unearthed, cleaned, and returned to their original positions. While there is no inscription on the slabs covering the graves of the governor and his wife, the governor's grave is marked with a medallion. The cemetery is currently owned and maintained by the Preservation Society of Newport County.
Governor Benedict Arnold grave medallion