Butts Hill Fort is coming into view. 

After two days of mechanical clearing in August, 34 volunteers, aged 10 to 87, brought yard tools, chain saws, brush hogs, and enthusiasm to the historic Fort on Sunday, September 12.  In four hours of work, they made good progress, particularly around the entrance and inside the Fort.  

To restore the Revolutionary War Fort to the public as a historic, educational, and recreational location by 2026, this initial clearing is required in order to assess the condition of the earthworks and to determine how best to restore and maintain them. 

The Butts Hill Fort Restoration Committee expresses thanks to all those who participated, “Special thanks go to our friends at the Fort at the south end of the Island.  The crew from Fort Adams Trust arrived with people and equipment that made a major impact on the results”. 

Another volunteer cleanup will be scheduled.  To volunteer, please sign up with Seth Chiaro at: seth.chiaro@gmail.com.  

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).