Lafayette's Hermione Visits Newport

July 8-9, 2015 the Largest Tall Ship built in the last 150 years will dock at Fort Adams State Park




























 

Twenty years ago, a small group dreamed of building an exact replica of the beautiful French warship that brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America. The Marquis worked tirelessly to help ensure our victory over Great Britain.

This dream is now reality and this majestic vessel is currently sailing towards Newport, launching an adventure that comes here in July! 

Fort Adams is ready to greet the great ship, her crew and an exciting cast of French sailors, dignitaries, historic interpreters, spies, cavalry with horses, chefs and a few barmen ready to keep you hydrated.

The activities will be non-stop, and the food, fun, and pomp & circumstance will give you a thrill.

PAID EVENTS

These paid events contribute to the preservation and restoration of historic Fort Adams, a National Historic Landmark. 

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Colonial Soiree

His Excellency General George Washington* and General Nathanael Green cordially invite you to a colonial soiree on Thursday July 9, 2015. The event honors Hermione, a French Revolutionary War era Class A Tall ship on its first goodwill visit to the United States. The citizens of the Republic of France, our steadfast friends and allies through the years, built Hermione to honor our longstanding friendship 

The Soiree will begin promptly at 6:00 PM, with music of fife and drum, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  Entertainment will continue throughout the evening. Guests will be joined by over 50 uniformed historic interpreters.

The dinner will be held inside the walls of historic Fort Adams, America’s largest coastal fortress. The vaulted brick and stone rooms, which formerly housed the cannons, make for a truly unique and period event. You will feel like you’re dining with the Generals in 1778.

The dinner befitting a gathering of this august group will begin at 7:00. A firing of the cannons, some originally cast by American founder Paul Revere, will signal dinner’s end and the bon voyage salute to Hermione as she prepares to depart Rhode Island waters for Boston and beyond.

The meal will feature some of the general’s favorite interpretations of classic colonial fare, including ham, which he cured at Mount Vernon and often gave as gifts. A specialty cocktail with additional libation familiar to the General and his staff, as well as a gift bag for each party are included.  

Thursday July 9. Tickets are $115 per person. Only 110 tickets are available for this event. 

Menu

Appetizers of Mussels Ceviche, Cornmeal Fried Oysters, Crudites & Fresh Bread with Dip

Dinner starts with Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum Spiced Ham and Classic French Coq au Vin, Scalloped Potatoes, 'Colonial' Greens, Tomato & Cucumber Salad, Corn Pudding, Fresh Bread and Ends with the Marquis' Favorite Dessert, Ginger Bread with Creme Anglaise & Irish Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. 

Attire: Newport Casual (jacket or sweater encouraged, no ties required) or traditional colonial attire (receive a free gift) Interior photo credits: Bliss Publications. Note: menu subject to minor change. 

Sailors & Soldiers Supper

Should you wish to attend the July 9 evening event in honor of Hermione and tickets are sold out for the Soiree, please consider joining the troops and sailors of Hermione’s escort for a casual meal on the grounds of Fort Adams. This picnic style event will include plenty of good hearty food with a complimentary ‘ale’ or wine.

Attire: Come as you are (no ties required) or traditional colonial attire (receive a free gift).

Thursday July 9, 6 PM. Tickets are $45 per person.   Only 75 tickets are currently available for this event.

Menu

A Supper of Thomas Tew Single Barrel Rum Spiced Ham, Baked Beans, Corn Pudding, Fresh Bread, Tomato & Cucumber Salad. Ginger Bread  with Creme Anglaise.

Lunch with His Excellency General George Washington

The General will be speaking on his life and times on both July 8 and July 9 at 11:00 AM, with lunch at noon. Questions and conversation will be encouraged.

Tickets are $25. Only 40 tickets are available for this event each day. 

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* His Excellency George Washington is portrayed by Dean Melissa, the only official Washington interpreter at Mount Vernon. In addition to his work at Mount Vernon, Mr. Melissa has portrayed George Washington before President George W. Bush, on the PBS program ‘First Freedom, the Fight for Religious Freedom,’  on C-Span programming, and at countless colleges and universities and special occasions around the United States. Photo credit: news.bbc.co.uk. 

Major General Nathanael Greene, Washington’s most trusted General, is portrayed by David Loda, CDR USNR (RET), the official MG Nathanael Greene for his homestead in Coventry Rhode Island. CDR Loda retired from the US Naval War College in Newport as War Gaming staff in 2004 and does living history educational programs on foot or with his horse Huckleberry from Boston to New York for the National Parks Service, State and local sites. In addition to his living history business, CDR Loda also does aerospace consulting for clients which include the FAA and NASA. He has been awarded 12 US Patents.  Photo credit: Laura Paton



Learn more about Hermione 2015.

 













 

Daily Activities at Fort Adams

Hermione and Rhode Island's Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry will be open to the public for free tours Thursday July 9 from 10 - 4. Except for refreshments, activities inside the walls for the Fortress are free after $6 self guided tour fee. 

Wednesday July 8

Fort opens at 10 AM

Village at Fort Adams opens at 10 AM.

     Over 60 Historic Interpreters over the course of the day
     2nd Regiment Light Dragoons Cavalry Unit with horses
     Military drills
     Military encampment
     Historian & Authors Speaking program - 10, 2, 3, 4
     'Outdoor tavern' opens at 11:30
     The 'Spymaster' - tricks of the trade - periodically
     Music, fife & drum, sea chanteys - periodically on stage
          Canadian Sea Shanty Group 'Brise - Glace' (Ice Breaker)
          Massachusetts Navy

Fort Closes 5:00 PM

Private event - 'Table Lodge Dinner' - Ticketed, open to public

Thursday July 9

Fort opens at 10 AM

Village at Fort Adams opens at 10 AM.
     Over 60 Historic Interpreters over the course of the day
     2nd Regiment Light Dragoons Cavalry Unit with horses
     Military drills
     Military encampment
     Historian & Authors Speaking program - 10, 2, 3, 4
     'Outdoor tavern' opens at 11:30
     The 'Spymaster' - tricks of the trade - periodically
     Music, fife & drum, sea chanteys - periodically on stage
          Canadian Sea Shanty Group 'Brise-Glace' 
          The Massachusetts Navy

Fort Closes 5:00 PM

Private event - 'Colonial Soiree' - Ticketed, open to public
Private event - "Sailors & Soldiers Supper' - Ticketed, open to public

  While visiting the Hermione, consider upgrading your experience to a guided tour of Historic Fort Adams.  

Tour the Fortress.

Fort Adams Trust
90 Fort Adams Drive
Fort Adams State Park
Newport, RI 02840

(401) 841-0707
fort@fortadams.org
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