Fort Adams State Park

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Fort Adams State Park
Map showing the location of Fort Adams State Park
Map showing the location of Fort Adams State Park
Location in Rhode Island
LocationNewport, Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Coordinates41°28′41″N 71°20′08″W / 41.47806°N 71.33556°W / 41.47806; -71.33556Coordinates: 41°28′41″N 71°20′08″W / 41.47806°N 71.33556°W / 41.47806; -71.33556[1]
Area200 acres (81 ha)
Elevation7 ft (2.1 m)[1]
Governing bodyRhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation, and the United States Department of Defense
WebsiteFort Adams State Park

Fort Adams State Park is a public recreation and historic area preserving Fort Adams, a large coastal fortification located at the harbor mouth in Newport, Rhode Island, that was active from 1841 through the first half of the 20th century. The state park hosts the annual Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival and is the home of Sail Newport and Eisenhower House.[3]


The area was originally owned by William Brenton, who called the region "Hammersmith,"[4] a name that survives in the name of the adjacent Hammersmith Farm. Following its long tenure as a military installation, the State of Rhode Island took possession of Fort Adams for use as a state park in 1965.[2]

Activities and amenities[edit]

In addition to panoramic views of the harbor and Narragansett Bay, 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 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.


The Fort Adams Trust offers guided tours of Fort Adams, the Fort Adams Advanced Southern Redoubt, and the Eisenhower “Summer White House."[5]

Further reading[edit]

  • John Martin Hammond, Quaint and Historic Forts of North America. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1915.
  • Patricia Harris, David Lyon, Journey to New England. Globe Pequot Press, 1999, pp. 20–21, ISBN 978-0-7627-0330-2.


  1. ^ a b "Fort Adams State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b "Fort Adams State Park History". State of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "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, R.I.: John P. Sanborn, Printer, Mercury Office. p. 10. Retrieved December 2, 2010.
  5. ^ "Visit Fort Adams". Fort Adams Trust. Retrieved August 8, 2017.

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