FORT WETHERILL: Twentieth century; series of poured concrete gun emplacements set into the side of a hill and concealed from view from the water. Situated upon 100 foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams, Fort Wetherill is a former coastal defense battery and training camp. The site was first used for military purposes as early as the Revolutionary War when colonists on Jamestown erected an earthworks battery on Dumpling Rock in an attempt to control the east passage of Narragansett bay. The British took the battery early in the war and strengthened the fortification, naming it Fort Dumpling Rock.
Category: Military - Historic