Building Stone Walking Tour with Emily Burns

Newport, RI
Saturday, April 23, 2023
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Old Stone Mill Tower circa 1650. Photo courtesy of Emily Burns

Join APTNE and Dr. Emily Burns for a walking tour of Newport, Rhode Island. Dr. Burns will discuss the geology of the variety of stones used to construct 16 different historic buildings and monuments in Newport, Rhode Island. Structures to be reviewed range from the Old Stone Mill Tower (ca 1650), the five ton 1841 Japanese volcanic stone lantern in Touro Park, and the 1848 Saint Mary's Church (

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Event Leader

Dr. Emily Burns teaches geology and oceanography courses, including urban geology, at Rhode Island Community College. Dr. Burns has lead many stone tours of buildings and monuments in northeast U.S. cities, including walking tours for APTNE in New Haven, Greenwich, Boston, and Providence as well as several tours in NYC. In historic Newport Emily will now conduct her 7th walking tour for APTNE. 

Details & Logistics:

  • APTNE Member: $8.00
  • Students & Non-member Student: Complimentary
  • Non-Members: $12.00
Address Parking
  • Bellevue Gardens parking lot (public parking with a fee, but most local businesses validate parking). Location - Corner of Bellevue Ave and William Street. There are other public parking lots nearby, but this one is closest to the meeting place
Meeting Locations
  • Meet at Empire Tea & Coffee, located at 112 William St. Use this address to navigate close to the Bellevue Gardens Parking Lot. Empire Tea & Coffee is at the north end of the lot
  • Yes
  • Partial
  • Wear good walking footwear - the distance to be covered is approximately three miles


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