On Saturday March 25th volunteers under the direction
of Paul Murphy of the Butts Hill Fort Restoration
Committee of the Battle of RI Association worked on
clearing the South side of the Fort outside the
earthworks. Clearing involved removal of accumulated
trash as well as invasive species and the removal of
deadfall limbs, no trees were cut per approval of the
Portsmouth Tree Commission and Town Council. Two
30-cubic yard dumpsters were filled, and half of the
stone wall is now visible.
Volunteers included RI State Senator Linda Ujifusa, Portsmouth Town Council member J. Mark Ryan, and RI Representative Terri Cortvriend. Several members of the Bristol Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution were involved again in the cleanup. Much of the prep work was done gratis by Eric Whipple, a certified arborist from whippletreeexperts.com. Mr. Whipple lives near the fort and when he found out about our endeavors, he immediately donated his time and equipment. More cleanups will take place in the future. Check www.battleofrhodeisland.org for more information.
The BUTTS HILL FORT RESTORATION COMMITTEE is a committee of the BATTLE OF RHODE ISLAND ASSOCIATION. The mission of the Committee is to restore and maintain the Revolutionary War fort in order to provide a safe and accessible educational and recreational site. The Association is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to raising awareness of Rhode Island’s role in the War for Independence. Donations may be made payable to “BoRIA” at PO Box 626, Portsmouth, RI 02871.