Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Newport, Rhode Island's Fort Adams-- Part 5: Site of Newport Folk Festival

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.

--Old B-Runner

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