Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint.

~ Robert Frost 

Rhode Island historian Christian McBurney lectured on Tiverton’s role in the Revolutionary War during the British occupation of Aquidneck Island from 1776 to 1779.

McBurneyFlierMr. McBurney’s lecture focused on two American attempts to invade Aquidneck Island that used Tiverton as its main base. He discussed the construction and role of Fort Barton, including the exploits of Col. William Barton in capturing British General Richard Prescott on Aquidneck Island, which led to the fort being named in his honor.

Mr. McBurney was available to sell and sign two of his books that provide more detail of Tiverton’s role (see poster). The McBurney lecture was presented as part of the Tiverton Land Trust’s Community Forum/Annual Meeting. This year the Tiverton Land Trust was joined by the Tiverton Historical Society in hosting the event.