Fort Adams State Park

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Coordinates: 41°28′41″N 71°20′08″W / 41.47806°N 71.33556°W / 41.47806; -71.33556
Fort Adams State Park
Rhode Island State Park
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Country  United States
State  Rhode Island
County Newport
City Newport
Elevation 7 ft (2 m) [1]
Coordinates 41°28′41″N 71°20′08″W / 41.47806°N 71.33556°W / 41.47806; -71.33556 [1]
Established 1965 [2]
Management Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
Location in Rhode Island
Website: Fort Adams State Park

Fort Adams State Park is a Rhode Island state park located at the mouth of Newport Harbor, offering panoramic views of the harbor and Narragansett Bay.[3] The park is home to Fort Adams, a large coastal fortification that was active from 1841 through the first half of the 20th century. The area was originally owned by William Brenton, who called the region "Hammersmith" after his hometown in England,[4] a name that survives in the name of the adjacent Hammersmith Farm.

Activities and amenities[edit]

Fort Adams hosts the annual Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival[3] and is the home of Sail Newport and Eisenhower House.

The park offers swimming, boating, picnicking, and athletic fields.[3] The Joseph "Jay" Kirwin Memorial Rugby Pitch is home to Newport Rugby Football Club and to the men's and women's rugby teams of Salve Regina University. In addition to the dedicated Kirwin rugby pitch there are two soccer fields/rugby pitches. The annual Newport Rugby Sevens Tournament is held at the fort each summer.

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fort Adams State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Fort Adams State Park History". State of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Fort Adams State Park". State of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ Elizabeth C. Brenton (1877). History of Brenton's Neck from 1638. Newport County RIGenWeb. 

External links[edit]

  • Fort Adams State Park Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation