The 2020 exhibition examines the current state of the fort properties that stretch across the Sound from Napatree Point, R.I., to Gardiners Point Island, N.Y.
Looking beyond the visually compelling crumbling facades of gun pits, the striking through-line of this exhibition is the active repurposing of large sections of these former military reservations by scientists, naturalists and conservationists into nature sanctuaries and preserves.
While tracing the fascinating histories of each of these forts, this exhibition acknowledges and celebrates all who are working to keep these ex fort properties as habitat for the full range of our region’s diverse flora and fauna, with humans included at some sites.
As you will discover, the story of the current state of these five coastal forts is a complex one with a mixture of sad, happy and unknown endings. In each and every case, I hope that you enjoy our 2020 Virtual Exhibition!
Pierce Rafferty, Director, HLFM