NEWPORT — The historic serpentine path that winds around The Breakers mansion property for more than a quarter mile, from the northern end to the southern end, has been recreated, a milestone that was celebrated Thursday night with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Preservation Society of Newport County spent in recent years a total $1.2 million for this landscaped walkway that dates back to the late 1800s, said Jim Donahue, the society’s curator of historic landscapes and horticulture. The northern part of the walkway was completed in August 2019 and the southern part wrapped up this week.
Landscape workers were finishing right up to the time guests toured the new path called the “Robert and Kate Bartlett Arboretum Walk,” in honor of the key sponsors.
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Robert Bartlett, owner of Bartlett Tree Experts and a featured speaker at the event, said he first visited the Breakers grounds in the “late 1950s or early 1960s.”
“A high point of Newport are the beautiful gardens — the landscapes are timeless,” he said. “My favorite parts are the trees.”
Gilded Age mansion