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Fort Getty Park, Jamestown

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Fort Getty is a town park in Jamestown, Rhode Island, on Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay. From 1900 through World War II it was a military fort. The Town of Jamestown later received the property and opened it as a park, primarily a campground.
Fort Getty's construction began in 1901 to defend the West Passage of Narragansett Bay as part of the Coast Defenses of Narragansett Bay (renamed Harbor Defenses in 1925). The fort was named for Colonel George W. Getty, who had a distinguished career in the Mexican-American War, American Civil War, and afterward. The fort's three gun batteries were completed by 1905 but for some reason were not accepted until 1910. They were Battery Tousard with three 12-inch M1900 guns (305 mm) on disappearing carriages, Battery House with two 6-inch M1900 guns (152 mm) on pedestal mounts, and Battery Whiting with two 3-inch M1903 guns (76 mm) on pedestal mounts.
Battery Tousard was named for Louis de Tousard, an engineer and artillery officer with much involvement in early American fortifications. Battery House was named for Major General James House, who commanded Fort Wolcott in Newport in 1811. Battery Whiting was named for Levi Whiting, an artillery officer in the War of 1812.
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  • We went to Fort Getty today. I’ve been coming to Jamestown since I was born some 60+ years ago and don’t ever remember going there. Today there was an classic car show and it was excellent! I look...  more »
  • I would of given it 5 stars but the bathroom and showers are full of mold and in need of repair. The views are incredible from all sights! Nature at it's finest here.
  • Great place to camp .. Visitors must pay $20/car. First restroom is atrocious ... one near end okay but no shower privacy due to having to hang everything outside of shower area. Also no sewer hookups .. $20 per pumpout unless you have portable container. Beautiful views and fishing.

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