In 1829, Congress appropriated $1,250 for a 600-pound fog bell for Beavertail. Prior to that time the keeper fired a cannon on foggy nights. That same year a fog bell house was built adjacent to the tower.
Beavertail has probably seen more . . . — — Map (db m88667) HM
Situated atop 50-70 foot high cliffs with clear views of the horizon and Block Island to the south. Fort Wetherill held an important strategic position within an extended harbor defense system of Narragansett Bay during World Wars I and II.
The . . . — — Map (db m189619) HM
The Harbor Mine or Torpedo Complex was constructed during the period of 1908 to 1911 as part of a comprehensive harbor defense system for Narragansett Bay. The two-story concrete structure served as a Mine Storage Warehouse in which the parts . . . — — Map (db m56683) HM
Town of Jamestown is incorporated. There are about 150 residents.
Jamestown Town Council orders that a Watch House be built at "Beaver Tail."
Jamestown Town Council . . . — — Map (db m88673) HM
Historically, the rocky cliffs behind and above the buildings of the Harbor Mine Complex were of military significance to Rhode Island's earliest colonists, who built earthen fortifications on its headland and installed cannon to protect nearby . . . — — Map (db m189618) HM
Beavertail Light was lit with whale oil for many decades. Whale oil was smoky, hard to light at cold temperatures, and the quality varied greatly. In addition, early lights were dim and burned twenty to thirty gallons of oil a month.
In the . . . — — Map (db m56679) HM
This area along the crest of Prospect Hill was an integral part of the Narragansett Bay coastal defense system from 1916 to 1945. From here, military observers had an unobstructed view of the approaches to the Bay, as well as East and West passages . . . — — Map (db m56678) HM
Below this concrete cap sits the stone foundation Beavertail's 1749 lighthouse.
Initially built to provide safe passage into Newport's colonial harbor, it was designed and built by Peter Harrison, "America's first architect," who later designed . . . — — Map (db m56457) HM
The first assistant keeper at Beavertail Light was hired about 1859. It appears that the early assistant keepers shared part of the keeper's quarters or lived in one of the outbuildings on site.
In 1898, the U.S. Lighthouse Board added this . . . — — Map (db m88631) HM
The current tower was built in 1856 to replace a deteriorating 1753 structure.
The granite tower rises to a height of 40.9 feet and measures 10 feet on each side. It is constructed of 27 rows of granite blocks, weighing a total of 180 tons. . . . — — Map (db m88666) HM
Although most lighthouse keepers were married, at many small lighthouses they lived a solitary life while their families remained on the mainland. Beavertail, being on Conanicut Island, allowed the keepers and their family to live at the site. . . . — — Map (db m88672) HM
You are looking at the West Passage, one of two entrances to Narragansett Bay, New England's largest estuary. There are over 30 islands in the bay. There is very little commercial shipping in the West Passage since it is much shallower than the . . . — — Map (db m88640) HM
What resembles a submarine on the surface just over a mile southwest of this point is all that remains of the Whale Rock Lighthouse.
Whale Rock is a flat ledge about a half acre in size, yet it claimed at least eight ships and six lives . . . — — Map (db m88648) HM
This Tablet erected by the Rhode Island Society of Colonial Wars in recognition of the exceptional services rendered by Col. Benjamin Church
His fearless leadership and effective command during King Philip's war 1675-1676 — — Map (db m52392) HM
To commemorate the birthplace of the Rhode Island Red breed of fowl which originated near this location Red fowls were bred extensively by the farmers of this district and later named "Rhode-Island-Reds" and brought into National prominence by the . . . — — Map (db m56093) HM
Imagine this twenty acre fort filled to capacity: 2,400 soldiers here to defend Newport with 468 cannon sited along the most probable attack routes. Though designed to house an imposing force, Fort Adams was normally garrisoned with several . . . — — Map (db m48125) HM
This was the home of Mr. Smith until his death in 1886. As a Real Estate Broker he helped to develop the land along Bellevue Avenue.
This property has been
placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States . . . — — Map (db m223109) HM
The Bay Islands Park, managed by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, consists of nine sites that extend from Patience Island in the upper bay to Beavertail and Brenton Point overlooking Rhode Island Sound. Each of the nine . . . — — Map (db m48451) HM
Bells have long been a symbol of significance in maritime history. They are used to note the arrival of notable guests, mark the daily routine aboard naval vessels, and serve as warning signals in the fog. — — Map (db m223194) HM
“Fort Adams . . . often was dubbed the country club of the army, especially by those officers and enlisted men who were assigned to it after duty in foreign areas. And its peacetime background was dotted with stories of high society and . . . — — Map (db m48233) HM
1. Ferry Increasing numbers of Rhode Islanders board cruise boats and ferries to get out of the Bay. These ferries are reminiscent of the pleasure steamboats that were so common on Narragansett Bay one hundred years ago. 2. Fast . . . — — Map (db m56460) HM
In Honor of Ernest Coggeshall, Jr. 9/2/15 – 4/27/95 Capt. Joseph X. “Jay” OBrien, Jr. 4/21/54 – 12/16/90 Dad, Mom and Family [ Right Side of Monument : ] James Wah Gin Wong 1918 – 1993 Stephen Joseph . . . — — Map (db m48922) HM
Governor Philip W. Noel Lt. Governor J. Joseph Garrahy Director Dennis J. Murphy, Jr. Sen. Erich A. OD. Taylor, President Sen. Robert J. McKenna Mayor Humphrey J. Donnelly, III Committee Chairman James Thomson Douglas Agnes R. Curtis . . . — — Map (db m48973) HM
U.S. army officer, Joseph G. Totten superintended the construction of Fort Adams beginning in 1825. He oversaw all details of construction until 1838, when he was appointed as the first Chief Engineer of the newly created Army Corps of Engineers. [ . . . — — Map (db m48181) HM
This property has been
placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department of the Interior
Captain Phillips Hosue
Built cir 1730
Bought in 1806 by
Samuel Phillips, Mariner
Moved . . . — — Map (db m223237) HM
The late 19th century saw revolutionary changes in both weapons and strategies of defense. Steam powered ships with high velocity naval guns could now bring the walls down and rendered forts obsolete. To remedy the risk, Fort Adams expanded outside . . . — — Map (db m48230) HM
The buildings surrounding Chateau-sur-Mer capture the spirit of Newport in the High Victorian era. This block preserves one of the greatest concentrations of Victorian architecture and landscape design in Newport from the period 1850 to 1890. The . . . — — Map (db m48609) HM
Shore Restoration and Protection
Newport, Rhode Island
Funded by the National Park Service-
Land and Water Conservation Fund,
The State of Rhode Island and
The City of Newport
Patrick G. Kirby, Mayor
City Council Members . . . — — Map (db m115160) HM
Home of the artist Michel Felice Corne who introduced the tomato into this country.
Michele Felice Cornθ House
2 Corne Street
has been placed on the
of Historic Places
by the United States
Department . . . — — Map (db m223150) HM
Think about how difficult a land attack against Fort Adams would be. First, you would have to capture the Redoubt, located a quarter mile to the south. You would then have to charge up the sloping glacis to the Southern front. Finally, you would . . . — — Map (db m48138) HM
During the 19th century, Newport was the only deep water harbor between New York and Boston which could serve as a base for a large fleet of warships. Fort Adams was located at a crucial point where it could prevent the entry of enemy warships into . . . — — Map (db m48129) HM
During the 19th century, Newport was the only deep water harbor between New York and Boston which could serve as a base for a large fleet of warships. Fort Adams was located at a crucial point where it could prevent the entry of enemy warships into . . . — — Map (db m48235) HM
Equality Park is a triangular shaped park bounded by Equality Park West, Equality Park Place and Broadway. It is one of three Broadway Parks, the other two being on the east side of Broadway. These two parks are both titled Congdon Park and . . . — — Map (db m223286) HM
On this old common the boats of H.M.S. Liberty were burned on July 19, 1769 by the citizens of Newport, who had previously fired upon and destroyed the sloop. This was the first overt act of violence to Great Britain in America. — — Map (db m223295) HM
In loving memory of the 217 family members and friends lost on EqyptAir Flight 990 ca 60 miles south of Nantucket Island October 31, 1999 ♦ ♦ ♦ May Gods eternal light shine on them ♦ ♦ ♦ “They are . . . — — Map (db m48925) HM
Statesman ~ Legislator Teacher ~ Patriot 1st Chairman – Fort Adams Foundation May 18, 1972 A dynamic force for the preservation of Fort Adams with a determination as unyielding as this granite block. — — Map (db m48444) HM
History you can Touch Explore the casemates where the big guns once roared. Discover how 8 soldiers worked together to load and fire each cannon. Step into the quarters where the soldiers and their families lived. Ascend to the scenic . . . — — Map (db m48249) HM
History you can Touch Explore the casemates where the big guns once roared. Discover how 8 soldiers worked together to load and fire each cannon. Step into the quarters where the soldiers and their families lived. Ascend to the scenic . . . — — Map (db m48276) HM
History you can Touch Explore the casemates where the big guns once roared. Discover how 8 soldiers worked together to load and fire each cannon. Step into the quarters where the soldiers and their families lived. Ascend to the scenic . . . — — Map (db m48284) HM
To honor the members of the Fort Adams Foundation May 4, 1976 Governor Philip W. Noel Lt. Governor J. Joseph Garrahy Director Dennis J. Murphy, Jr. George E. Howarth, 1st Commandant Sen. Erich A. OD. Taylor, President Sen. Robert J. McKenna Rep. . . . — — Map (db m48971) HM
Picture this space in action as gun crews drilled in live fire exercises – the booming noise of cannon, the thick smoke, the smell of burnt powder, and the shouting of commands. This casemate, a chamber with openings for cannons, could house . . . — — Map (db m48333) HM
In 1639, Helen and Nicholas Easton, John Clarke, William Coddington and others left Portsmouth, the settlement founded in 1638 by Anne Hutchinson and others on the northern end of Aquidneck Island. They came south and founded Newport. Newports . . . — — Map (db m48498) HM
Site of First Catholic Church in Rhode Island
Final resting place of many of Newport's earliest Irish residents.
The oldest marked burial is 1830, the most recent 1853.
Although Rhode Island is well known for its . . . — — Map (db m223110) HM
has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 this site possesses exceptional value in commemorating and illustrating the history of the United States U.S. . . . — — Map (db m48093) HM
In Memory Of
J. Joseph M. Martin
1874 - 1933
Veteran of Spanish - American War
Company F. 1st Rhode Island U.S. Volunteer Infantry
1901 - Common Council - 1907
1907 - Representative Council - 1916
1917 - Board of . . . — — Map (db m88700) HM WM
I did not have far or long to look, because, being the junior officer of the garrison I could displace no other, and besides, there was but one casemate available for me to choose from . . . A good sweeping and a little glazing of broken . . . — — Map (db m48130) HM
In memory of Maj. Gen. Isaac Ingalls Stevens Born in Andover, Mass. Who gave to the service of his country a quick and comprehensive mind, a warm and generous heart, a firm will and a strong arm, and who fell while rallying his command with the flag . . . — — Map (db m48625) HM
Mary Ferrazzoli (1928-1994) was the visionary leader who founded the Friends of the Waterfront in 1982. She vigorously championed public access and stood firmly opposed to the commercial overdevelopment of the Newport waterfront blocking public . . . — — Map (db m189622) HM
[ South side : ] Near this spot the French army of 6000 men led by General Rochambeau our allies in the War for Independence first set foot upon American soil July XIII 1780 [ East side : ] I welcome the news of your arrival A . . . — — Map (db m49054) HM
This piece of land was given to the town of Newport by Major Nathaniel Sheffield and Mr. Daniel Thurston as common land to be used as a mustering place for the militia. This marker dedicated by the Artillery Company of Newport on their 250th year . . . — — Map (db m48096) HM
Capt. Trey Topping July 25, 1967 Capt. Jason Franks February 10, 1973 Christine Grinavic January 21, 1981 Rhiannon Borisoff July 26, 1984 Now they are sailing alongside their God with fair winds, following seas, and the warm sun shining on their . . . — — Map (db m48617) HM
Newport's location is a fisherman's dream. Easy access to Narragansett Bay and "out front" (the open Atlantic Ocean), puts hundreds of delicious species within reach of this well-protected harbor.
With origins dating back to the 17th . . . — — Map (db m223224) HM
You are standing at the entrance to the Newport Casino, a National Historic Landmark that now houses the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The Casino was built in 1880 as a social club for Newport's wealthy summer residents. The name of the . . . — — Map (db m115200) HM
Newport Harbor has been a center of commerce and industry since the days Narragansetts and Wampanoags, Native Americans, fished the waters of this bay. The first European explorer was Giovanni da Verrazzano, an Italian who sailed for the King of . . . — — Map (db m189621) HM
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