JAMESTOWN, RHODE ISLAND, USA. Fort Wetherill was built in the 18th century to serve as a coastal defense battery and training camp during the Revolutionary War. The site was acquired by the state of Rhode Island in 1972 for recreational purposes.
Situated on 100-foot-high granite cliffs, the fort boasts exceptional views of Newport Harbor Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. The former training camp is now covered in graffiti. Dark and damp tunnels, massive concrete walls, and the old bunker can still be found when hiking around.
Today the fort gives the name to the Fort Wetherill State Park, a reserve of 61.5 acres. The site is especially crowded in the summer, when visitors come to picnic, fish, kayak, and hike. Scuba diving is one of the greatest appeals of the park, attracting diving clubs from the states of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.