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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

101 Places to See Before You're 12 - A Fort

Next up in our 101 Places to see list was A FORT.

We could have counted The Alamo (our Legendary Location) as a Fort also, but we remembered we visited another fort on our trip to New England last fall.

The Alamo

On our trip to Boston, we visited Newport, Rhode Island and Ft. Adams.

Ft. Adams was not offering tours the day we were there, but we were able to walk around and see everything.  It's the largest coastal fort in the United States.  It was constructed over many years, starting in 1702.

I loved these long rock walls.  Reminded me on England.

Ft. Adams is rented out now for large functions and they do Civil War reenactments there in the summer.  It was pretty cool to visit (and I don't just mean the cold winds coming off Newport Harbor!)

From the Book
#58 - A Fort
In the Middle Ages, they had castles.  In colonial and frontier North America, they had forts.  Forts kept settlers or army forces in, and the enemy of the moment (it often changed) out.  Forts were built to withstand anything, and many of them have survived battles, bombardment, and natural diasters.  Since you don't have to worry about cannon fire or arrows coming at you, you can walk along the battlements and check out the views (forts are usually built on the highest ground around).  And if you get the idea that it would be really hilarious to dangle your little brother over the side, please try to control yourself.

1 comment:

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh, yes, The Alamo for sure!!! I've been times...my brother loved it when we were kids. :)

How funny that you have a Chick Flick Club and saw the same film. :)