My wife had just graduated from US Navy ODS earlier, and her parents and I decided to check out Fort Adams before we headed back to our hotel. First of all, there is very little information posted on signs about the park hours. In fact the only sign that I saw stated that the park was closed from "Sun down to sun up." Second, and this is extremely ridiculous, apparently people can rent out all or part of the fort for private occasions, and when they do there there is no indication of the park being closed to the public. For example, we were just beginning to walk through one of the entrance ways, and a rather gruff individual who works at Fort Adams challenged us with " Are you here for the (family name) wedding?". Our response of course was "no, we didn't know there was a wedding going on", and he responded with "well you can just leave be the door you just entered", and he proceeded to spread his arms and walk towards us as if to 'shoo' us out before any wedding guest had the unfortunate horror of seeing an uncouth tourist!
I could say much about the inhospitable nature of Rhode Island when it comes to dealing with non-New Englanders, but this situation is by far the rudest I have ever been treated at a state park, in any of the 36 states that I have visited.
I don't foresee myself ever returning to Rhode Island, but if I do, I definitely won't bother going to Fort Adams; being treated as a pariah doesn't sit well with people who are accustomed to Southern hospitality.
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