In 1953, the Army transferred Fort Adams to the Navy and in 1965, the fort and surrounding land was given to the state of Rhode island. President Dwight Eisenhower laved at the former commandants' house (now called the Eisenhower House) during his summer vacations while in office in 1958 and 1960.
Since 1981, the grounds have been the site and host to the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival.
Notable Persons Associated with Fort Adams:
Robert Anderson, commander of Fort Sumter
John G. Bernard-- Civil War general and Superintendent of West Point
Alexander Dallas Bache-- Army Engineer and Superintendent of West Point. Erected coastal fortifications and led survey of the U.S. coast.