Fort Adams State Park

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Ocean Drive

Ocean Drive, which ends at Fort Adams State Park, became a National Historic District in 1976. The Drive runs along the southern shore of Aquidneck Island. The historic district recognizes the area’s rolling landscape as development expanded south of Newport in the late 1800s.

The area was once farmland. The Historic District Commission oversees all of Newport’s historic districts, including Ocean Drive. The commission approves all changes within the district to maintain the character of the drive.

Fort Adams

Fort Adams State Park preserves a large coastal fortification located at the harbor mouth in Newport, Rhode Island. It defended the harbor from 1841 through the first half of the 20th century. Builders named it in honor of President John Adams.

Fort Adams is next to Hammersmith Farm, the childhood home of Jacqueline Kennedy. During his presidency, Dwight D. Eisenhower used the Commanding Officer’s residence, a large home dating from the Victorian period, as a summer White House.

People use this park for a myriad of recreational activities. We walked our dog around the Bay Walk and enjoyed fabulous views of the busy harbor and bay.

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Location: 80 Fort Adams Dr, Newport, RI 02840
Designation: State Park
Date designated/established: 1965
Date of my visit: October 3, 2021

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