New stone marker unveiled at Fort Barton

New stone marker unveiled at Fort Barton

TIVERTON (AP) — A new stone marker has been unveiled at Fort Barton in Rhode Island.

The Newport Daily News reported that the slate marker was revealed to the public Sunday on a ledge close to the entrance road to the fort in Tiverton.

The 400-pound marker was carved at the John Stevens Shop in Newport and funded by a series of grants and donations.

The fort is named after Lt. Col. William Barton, who led a raid against the British in July 1777 and kidnapped British Gen. Richard Prescott.

The Battle of Rhode Island marked the end of British occupation in the area in 1778.

Organizers of the unveiling Sunday said the stone tablet marks the place where people of New England “stood together for independence.”


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