|Looking East to Hanging Rock from St. George's Chapel Tower|
|On the left is a 2013 photo looking East and down toward Hanging Rock, Second Beach, and Sachuest. Hanging Rock (aka Berkeley's Rock or Berkeley's Seat) is between the two reservoirs, closer to the further reservoir. Over the centuries, this has been a popular spot for George Berkeley, William Ellery Channing, John La Farge, and many others. In the Spring of 1963, I spent every weekday afternoon working on a science project studying the marsh sediments by Hanging Rock. Comparing my recent photo with the two paintings below, painted more than 140 years ago, Second Beach has moved South toward the sea creating a larger land area behind the beach. Berkeley was in Newport 1729-1731, about 150 years before Rondel and Whittredge painted the two paintings shown below.|
Frederick Rondel (1826-1892), Second Beach, 1883
A view looking East toward Hanging Rock (aka Berkeley's Seat) and Paradise Rocks.
|Thomas Worthington Whittredge
Second Beach Newport, 1878-1880
A closer view of Hanging Rock.