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Fort Adams

Fort Adams Aerial View

Fort Adams postcardFort Adams is a defensive fortress situated in Newport, Rhode Island in United States. It is a massive historic stronghold abandoned for more than half of a century. Many parts of this fortress were not touched by reconstruction and it still keeps its original feeling of past decades.




Location: Newport, RI  Map

Tel. (401) 847 2400

Open: sunrise- sunset daily




History of Fort Adams

First coastal fortifications were erected here in a single night of April 6th 1776 during American Revolution. These were simple earthworks that protected Colonial American soldiers and their artillery. They didn't wait too long for an enemy. On April 7th at 5 am 24 gun frigate H.M.S. Glasgow with a hospital ship attempted to make it inside a harbour. Colonel Richmond of the Rhode Island militia drove the enemy away with 35 shots fired from cannon. Just three days later on April 10th this point became again crucial in attacking and driving away two ships of the British Royal Navy, H.M.S. Scarborough and H.M.S. Cimetar. This allowed the state of Rhode Island to remain free of British rule and proclaim independence on Mayth 1776.


More permanent military fortifications of the current Fort Adams were constructed here in July 4th, 1799 and designed by an architect Major Louis de Tousard of the Army Corps of Engineers. It held only 12 cannons for its defences. The first commander of the citadel was Captain John Henry. A construction of a massive began in 1824 and lasted for about three decades. A postcard pictured on the left is its appearance in the last years of its use. It was completely abandoned in 1953 by the army, although it as inhabited for a while. Commanding officer's quarters once housed President Dwight D. Eisenhower who came here during his summer vacations from 1958 to 1960. Today it open to the public and it is under protection of Fort Adams State Park. Newport Jazz Festivals and Newport Folk Festival are occasionally held here.


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