The Names of Jamestown Forts

The Names of Jamestown Forts

During World War II, Conanicut Island was home to three named forts, all of which are now parks – Fort Burnside at Beavertail, Fort Getty on the West Passage, and Fort Wetherill on the East Passage.  Each of the forts was named for a U.S. Army officer who had seen...
The Bryer Plat

The Bryer Plat

In the mid-19th century, the population of Jamestown was declining. The 1870 census counted only 378 people living here.  Those remaining knew the town would die if nothing were done. In 1873, the town and some of its major landowners formed the Jamestown &...
The Bowen Brothers

The Bowen Brothers

George Wallin Bowen and his brother James Howard were born on the Point in Newport in 1882 and 1884, respectively.  In their 20s, the two brothers went their separate ways – George to Chicago; J. Howard, as he was known, to the U.S. Navy.  The First World War...