I hadn't done a Fort Adams tour in years, so it was great to be able to get over here recently with some family and check it out. My great grandfather was stationed here back in the 1920's, and his entire family (including my grandfather) actually lived inside the fort.
Play the video below to see some current and historic photos of the fort
East Gate - Tours begin and end here
It's amazing to walk around this National Historic Landmark and imagine what it must've been like when it was operational and filled with hundreds of soldiers and their families.
Here's a nice shot of 7 kids sitting outside in front of one of the residences. Although this is not my grandfather and his siblings, he was one of 7 children also. This photo gives me a great visualization of where and how he grew up.
Not sure what year this was taken
Fort Adams was designed by Simon Bernard, who previously worked for Napolean Bonaparte.
Middle of the Parade Field, facing the North Gate
My uncle recently came across this great photo of my grandfather in front of the family residence. We were never sure exactly where they lived, but now we know that it was #47 (the # can be seen above the door to the left).
I'm not sure what year this was taken, but he appears to be in his late teens or early 20's. My guess is late 1930's.
Time to head upstairs for a better view...
6 1/4 acre Parade Field
Spectacular view of Narragansett Bay and the Newport Bridge
Heading down towards "The Kill Zone"...
This is the spot we wanted the enemy in...
So our troops could trap them at shoot them from all angles.
Facing the West Gate and Narragansett Bay
Next up: Exploring the secret tunnels...
If you survive them, here's what you get...
And this is where the tour ends...
Check out the old brig (now the gift shop) on your way out
I hope you enjoyed this brief glimpse inside historic Fort Adams. If you haven't been before, you really should see this in person.
Tours are conducted daily, every hour, on the hour, from 10am-4pm. The season runs from the end of May through Columbus Day.
For more information, visit their website: www.FortAdams.org or give them a call at 401-841-0707.