Fort Getty is a town park located west of Mackerel Cove Beach. The southern part of Narragansett Bay is split in half by 8 mile long Conanicut Island (aka Jamestown), forming East and West Passages. Fort Getty overlooks West Passage and offers campsites for both tent and RV campers. The park also offers a boat ramp, fishing area, camper services and showers.
Historically, Fort Getty was used as a U.S. Military Fort. In 1775, during the Revolutionary War, the British Navy arrived in Newport and shortly after invaded Jamestown. They attacked Fort Getty and Fort Wetherill. During World Wars I and II, it was used for observation and protection of the entrance to Narragansett Bay. For more information, call (401) 423-7264.
A Personal Perspective – from owner Ginny Prichett
Last week, I saw Jeff McDonough's photo in the Jamestown Press of the cement blocks being laid for the new boat ramp at Ft. Getty. It brought back memories for me of our 22' catamaran that we used to launch at Ft. Getty every year. So I took my camera and went for a ride on a lovely Monday to see what action I could see on the construction of the new ramp. A couple of photos are attached to this blog, but that's not why I'm writing. I'm writing because Ft. Getty is one of Jamestown's gems. This gorgeous peninsula juts into Narragansett Bay with a 360 degree view from RI Sound, to the Dutch Island lighthouse, to West Ferry. Protected from northeastern breezes, with easy access to the West Passage of Narragansett Bay, this area is just gorgeous. The only other people out there when I visited on April 25 were the 2 men working on the new boat ramp, and I believe it was about quitting time. So the next time you are looking to take a walk in a very special place, this is my recommendation.