Fort Adams

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84 Fort Adams Dr., Newport, RI 02840 | (401) 847-2400, United States
Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams State Park in Rhode Island
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Bob Dylan may have made this site famous in 1965 when he switched on his blaring electric guitar at the Newport Folk Festival, but Fort Adams’s history spans much further back. In colonial times, the jagged peninsula played a vital military role in defending Newport Harbor from potential attacks; records trace the initial construction of a fort back to the mid 1700s. Today, it’s difficult seeing Fort Adams as anything other than a beautiful waterfront park—albeit one with underground tunnels, sturdy bastions with rifle holes, and, twice a year, a custom-built stage hosting some of the biggest names in folk and jazz music.

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