Serving the World for Over a Tenth of a Century

Fort Adams, Newport, RI c. 1928.


Brigadier General Stephen V. Benet,
U. S. Army Chief of Ordnance, December 14th, 1874.

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Mission Statement

The Center for Fort Preservation and Tourism's purpose is clearly stated in its name. CFPT believes that the historic fortifications of the United States, in general, are underdeveloped as tourist destinations and, although there have been some outstanding preservation efforts in individual cases, on the whole they are in poor states of maintenence and repair and may well crumble into non-existence before the end of the next century.

The missions of the CFPT are as follows:
1. To provide a resource where all interested persons can find information related to historic fortifications.
2. To encourage the restoration and redevelopment of historic fortifications as living museums and places public recreation.
3. To encourage the study of the science of fortification with a view as to how it has influenced todays architecture and engineering.
4. To inform the public as to both the direct and indirect influence fortifications have played in our lives.

In addition to the above stated goals, CFPT also encourages historically oriented tourism rather than the fantasy oriented entertainment of theme parks and gambleing casinos. CFPT believes that the United States will become a morally and intellectually stronger nation if its citizens take the time to learn about their heritage and view their lives and society in an historical context rather than using their recreational time and money for fanciful escapeism.

The CFPT strongly urges people with an interest in preserving historic fortifications in the United States to join CAMP (Council on America's Military Past) and receive their publication, "Headquarters Heliogram," send $35 (individual subscribing) to:

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The links to fort related sites are the primary feature of this site. I have attempted to find the "best" site for a particular fort. If you know of a "better" site than the one listed below please e-mail me and let me know about it. If you find a site in need of improvement e-mail them and let them know. (Tell them I said it was okay.)
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14-inch Gun at Fort MacArthur, California.

Must See Sites!

The Webmaster has selected the sites on the "Must See" page (admitedly with some arbitrary bias) as the "best" fort sites on the web. Primary considerations are asthetic appeal as well as quantity and quality of information. Nominations of other outstanding sites are very much welcome.


Coast Artillery Corps Branch Insignia

Fort Monroe, Old Point Comfort, Virginia

American Coast Defense Forts

Seacoast forts were the nation's primary means of strategic defense from the 1790's until World War Two. Almost every seaport on the east coast had at least one fort to protect it at one time or another. Visting historic seacoast forts is a lot of fun because finding them can be challanging and they usually have pleasant suprises for both military buffs and casual tourists who seek and find them. Another desireable feature of this kind of tourism is that seacoast forts are usually in close proximity to pleasant seaside communities. Happy Hunting!

Fort Knox, Prospect, Maine

Coast Defense Forts of New England

This page provides detailed information about forts in the New England region. All of these forts are located near pleasant seaside communities and and are well worth the effort to visit them.

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American Inland Forts

As civilization expanded in the new world it was soon realized that forts would have to be built to protect new settlements. While most inland forts were built to defend against attacks by Indians forts were built on the northern frontier to defend against the English and the French in Canada and in the south to defend against the Spaniards. So many forts were built, most in the 1800's that there are few places in the continental United States more than 50 miles from a fort location. A number of these historic forts have been restored or rebuilt to help preserve a vital element of American history.

International Forts

For centuries before America was "civilized" Europe was regularly engaged in seige warfare. The result is that most of the world's largest, most complex and historic fortifications are in Europe. The links on this page will bring you the world.

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The links on this page are for sites which are of related interest. Some are for commerical activities. In no case has this listing been solicited or paid for by the featured product or business but rather they are considered by the webmaster to be outstanding in quality and reputation. Should you have any information to the contrary, please inform me.

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