- Queens Fort
- Stony Lane, Exeter, RI
- Trailhead: 41°35’33.68″N, 71°31’16.06″W
- Last Time Hiked: December 26, 2014
- Approximate distance hiked: 0.8 miles
- Easy with some slight elevation.
This property owned by the Rhode Island Historical Society is not so much for hiking than it is for history. There are however a small network of trails here. We first followed the main trail into the property for a while doing some exploring before turning back. The trails in the back of the property lead onto private property. The highlight and significant feature of the property is the remains of the Queens Fort perched upon the top of a hill. What remains of it is a circular cluster of stones. This fortification is believed to be built in the 17th century by the Native Americans. It is also believed that Quaiapen (also known as Matuntuck) took refuge at this site during King Phillips War before moving on to another site where she finally met her demise. To reach the actual site of the fort follow the main trail briefly. Then turn left uphill along a side trail. From here you will see a second hill just to the east. There is a short trail that connects the two hills. The fort is atop the second hill. This site is of great historical significance. Please respect that when visiting and leave all that you see the way it is.
I did not find a trail map on-line.