From the Revolutionary War through the 20th century, Newport County has played a strong role in America's military history. Along this trail you can see world-class collections of militaria, explore coastal fortresses, and visit Revolutionary memorial sites.
Artillery Company of Newport
The museum is considered to have one of the most outstanding collections of foreign and domestic militaria to be seen in the United States. Started in 1960, it has grown from a minute collection that today represents over one hundred countries throughout the known world. The command, Rhode Island Militia, chartered in 1741, is the nation's oldest military organization in continuous service under its charter. Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ; and by appointment. 23 Clark Street , Newport ; 401-846-8488; www.newportartillery.org
The second largest bastioned fort in the U.S. Key to Narragansett Bay area defenses, 1799 to 1945. Designed to be the most heavily armed fort in America and to garrison 2,400 troops. Three tiers of guns defended Narragansett Bay's East Passage. For guided tour information call 841-0707. Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, offers panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. Activities including salt water bathing, fishing, boating, soccer, rugby, and picnicking. Fort Adams is perhaps best known for its annual summer concerts when the Jazz and Folk Festivals draw thousands to enjoy the music and beautiful surroundings. Dawn-Dusk. Harrison Avenue , Newport ; 401-847-2400; www.fortadams.org
Revolutionary War redoubt. It was the troop staging area for the invasion of Aquidneck Island and Newport and the eventual Battle of Rhode Island. Observation tower and 3 miles of nature trail walks. Excellent wild plant walk. Trail guides available at the Town Hall. Dawn-Dusk. Highland Road, across the street from the town hall, Tiverton; 401-625-6700
Green End Fort
Built by British in 1777 as the eastern terminus of their Newport defense lines. Small grassy berm. North side of Vernon Avenue exit, Middletown ; 401-847-1993
Memorial to Black Soldiers
On August 29, 1778, during the Battle of Rhode Island the First Rhode Island Regiment, comprised primarily of black soldiers, made a gallant stand which thwarted a British attempt to flank the American line centered on Butts Hill Fort. Routes 114 and 24, Portsmouth ; 401-222-2632
Fort Wetherill State Park
Situated upon 100 foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park, is a former coastal defense battery and training camp. Known for its spectacular view of Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. The park offers family and group picnicking, boating, fishing, hiking and exploring on the park's 61.5 acres of property. Fort Wetherill Rd. , Jamestown ; 401-423-1771; www.riparks.com/fortweth.htm
Newport Gateway Center
23 America's Cup Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island
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