Fort Hamilton Historic District

Also known as: Rose Island
Rose Island, Newport, Rhode Island


Fort Hamilton

1. Aerial view, looking east towards Rose Island and mouth of Narraganset Bay. Fort Adams is in background. The "dumplings" are to the right. Fort Wolcott was to the left. These four sites worked together to guard the entrance to Narraganset Bay and Newport Harbor.

Photo from the Historic American Engineering Record

View photos at Library of Congress


Street View 


Fort Hamilton contains a mixture of military fortification buildings from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, as well as twentieth century storage facilities and torpedo warhead arming structures. The significance of Fort Hamilton lies in both its innovative early fortification design, and its later association with the Naval Torpedo Station and the development of torpedo technology. -- Historic American Engineering Record (HAER RI-58)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 22, 2001
Reference number
Areas of significance
Architecture; Engineering; Military; Transportation
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Fortification; Water-related
Current function
Research facility
Periods of significance
1750-1799; 1800-1824; 1850-1874
Significant years
1780; 1820; 1869
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2
Contributing structures: 5
Contributing sites: 4
Non-contributing buildings: 10
Non-contributing structures: 9
Non-contributing sites: 2

Update Log 

  • January 16, 2018: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett