On Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th the Fort Adams Trust is hosting a Civil War Living History Reenactment within the walls of Historic Fort Adams.  This two day event includes Civil War living history activities bringing the sights and sounds of the Civil War into the heart of Newport Harbor. Historic Fort Adams is located in Fort Adams State Park on Harrison Avenue in Newport, Rhode Island. 

Events begin at 9 a.m. on both days and include reenactors carrying out dramatic simulations of assaults at Fort Adams, as well as re-creations of the daily life of soldiers and civilians during the 1860s.  Throughout the day soldiers and civilians in authentic 19th century uniforms and dress will invite the public to spend a day in their life, and to learn about everything from military tactics to cooking and family life during the Civil War.  Reenactors from all over New England and beyond will be in attendance, representing soldiers from the Union and the Confederacy, as well as, civilian reenactors from both sides.

 Robert McCormack, the Director of Visitor Experience for the Fort Adams Trust noted in a press release, “After a two year hiatus, the Fort Adams Trust is excited to bring a Civil War Reenactment back to Newport.  These events provide a unique opportunity for families to truly immerse themselves in history at place and time crucial to our nation’s development.”

The two day schedule is filled with artillery and troop drills, demonstrations, lectures, historic displays, camp life, skirmishes and battles.  Visitors to the encampment will travel back in time and will be able to spend as long as they like amongst the re-enactors, asking them questions observing the various exercises and demonstrations. Visitors will experience the Union and Confederate camps where soldiers strategize about the day’s actions, as well as relax after battle. 

The Fort Adams Civil War Living History Weekend is hosted by the Fort Adams Trust with support from the Liberty Greys, the New England Brigade, and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. Admissions to the Encampment is $15 for adults, $8 for children (6-17) and free for children under 6.  Family admission (two adults and up to 4 children) is $40.  For those wishing to attend both days of the Encampment to see all the activities, a special half price readmission for Sunday will be available.  Guided tours of the Fort’s underground listening tunnels will be offered hourly from 10am-4pm both days at a rate of $4 for youths and $7 for adults.  Water shuttles from downtown and ample free parking are available at Fort Adams State Park.


Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).