Fort Barton Site

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The Fort overlooked a strategic narrow point of water between the Sakonnet River and Mount Hope Bay. It is the shortest distance between Aquidneck Island and the mainland and is traditionally known as the Howland Ferry area.  After the British occupied Newport and Aquidneck Island in 1776, Tiverton was a gathering point for Americans. The governments of Rhode Island and Massachusetts worked together on the construction of the fort. 

A plate commemorating the site of Fort Barton.
Fort Barton Site Plaque
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Current view from Tiverton Redoubt, later renamed Fort Barton (Photo by G. Schmidt)

Americans Gather at Tiverton

The Tiverton redoubt was the gathering place for the troops who would go to Rhode Island in hopes of ending the British Occupation.