Newport in Newport County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
Returning Old Glory 2001
While Fort Adams was in active service from 1842 to 1950, the United States flag flew proudly over the ramparts. When the last U.S. Army unit departed our flag was hauled down, and there was no longer a flagpole within the Fort proper. During 2001 the Fort Adams Trust was assisted by Leadership Rhode Islandís Phi Class in an effort to re-erect the flagpole and fly the national colors where they had been historically located. On October 28, 2001 we raised our flag high above the granite walls of Fort Adams in a stirring ceremony attended by military and militia units, school groups, veterans and service organizations, scouts, and many proud, patriotic citizens of Rhode Island.
The earliest flagpole was fastened to the interior wall of the northeast demibastion and towered over ninety feet above the parade ground. Photo above shows the flagpole in 1865, during the Civil War.
By the early 1900s, another flagpole had been affixed to the west wall ramparts, possibly to allow the flag to be seen by approaching vessels in Narragansett Bay. Historic postcard above shows the height of the pole.
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Sponsors of Fort Adams Historic Flag Raining
Gold Level Sponsors
State of Rhode Island
Leadership Rhode Island – Phi Class of 2001
Newport Collaborative Architects,
The Newport Daily News
Ocean State Charities Trust
The Providence Journal Co.
Silver Level Sponsors
The Amica Companies
Backyard Productions West
Bank of Newport
The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company
FleetBoston Financial Group
Mad McLaughlin & Moran, Inc.
Newport Grand Jai Alai
Newport Tent Co., Inc.
Peopleís Credit Union
Rhode Island Public Transit Authority
Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority
Erected by Fort Adams State Park.
Location. 41° 28.774′ N, 71° 20.211′ W. Marker is in Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport County. Marker is on Fort Adams Drive, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Fort Adams. Marker is in this post office area: Newport RI 02840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Defending Narragansett Bay (a few steps from this marker); Going Great Guns (a few steps from this marker); The Irish Connection to Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Defending Narragansett Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Building a Fortress (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Adams Foundation (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
More about this marker. Various photos of the flag in Fort Adams and of reenactments appear on the marker.
Also see . . . History of Fort Adams. Fort Adams State Park website. (Submitted on October 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 455 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 13, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.