The Tree of Liberty

The Tree of Liberty (HMWEK)

Location: Newport, RI 02840 Newport County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 29.615', W 71° 18.929'

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William Ellery Park

To commemorate the repeal of the Stamp Act in March 1766, William Read deeded a small triangle of land at this site where grew the original Tree of Liberty, to William Ellery and others in trust. This tree was cut down by British occupation forces soon after their arrival on December 6, 1776.

A new tree was planted in April, 1783 by a group of thirteen citizens named on a copper plate placed on the tree in 1823 which is now in the Newport Historical Society Museum.

The present tree was planted in 1897 and rededicated in 1919 when Henrietta C. Ellery deeded this park to the city.

This memorial placed by the Rhode Island Society, Sons of the Revolution, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Tree of Liberty.
August 29, 1966.
Year Placed1966
Placed BySons of the Revolution - Rhode Island Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 8:44am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 306717 N 4596140
Decimal Degrees41.49358333, -71.31548333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 29.615', W 71° 18.929'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 29' 36.90" N, 71° 18' 55.74" W
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Area Code(s)401
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18 Thames St, Newport RI 02840, US
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