Conanicut Battery

The Conanicut Battery is a colonial and 20th century military battery in Jamestown, Rhode Island, west of Beaver Tail Road. The site offers a commanding view of the West Passage of Narragansett Bay.

Conanicut Battery
Conanicut Battery is located in Rhode Island
Conanicut Battery
Conanicut Battery is located in the United States
Conanicut Battery
LocationJamestown, Rhode Island
Coordinates41°28′49″N 71°23′38″W / 41.48028°N 71.39389°W / 41.48028; -71.39389Coordinates: 41°28′49″N 71°23′38″W / 41.48028°N 71.39389°W / 41.48028; -71.39389
Built1776
NRHP reference No.73000055 [1]
Added to NRHPJuly 2, 1973

During the American Revolutionary War, local militia constructed an earthen battery on the site. The British occupied Jamestown later that year and took over the site, occupying the space until August 1778 when the French fleet arrived. Its principal surviving feature is an earthworks measuring about 150 feet (46 m) long and 75 feet (23 m) wide. The site is marked by a plaque placed by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1931.[2] During the early 20th century, the U.S. military built large partially underground defensive batteries in the area, notably Fort Getty and Fort Burnside.

The 22-acre site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1] It is now owned by the town and operated as Conanicut Battery National Historic Park. The Friends of Conanicut Battery and the Jamestown Historical Society are active in preserving the fort.[3][4]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Conanicut Battery" (PDF). Rhode Island Preservation. Retrieved 2014-08-30.
  3. ^ "Jamestown RI Parks and Recreation". Jamestown, Rhode Island. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  4. ^ "From the revolution to restoration, the Conanicut Battery lives on". The Jamestown Press. December 2, 2010. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 30 August 2015.