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 &...
From the Collection – Slavery in Jamestown

From the Collection – Slavery in Jamestown

From the early 18th century until the American Revolution, approximately one-third of the people living and working in Jamestown were recently captured Africans, second-generation African Americans, or indigenous people, mostly Narragansett. The vast majority of these...