A causeway across the end of Mackerel Cove is the thread that barely hitches the bulk of Conanicut Island to its peninsula appendage. It terminates in a point having the shape of a beaver tail. Just across the causeway, which becomes Beavertail Road, Fort Getty was begun c. 1900 as an auxiliary artillery fortification to Dutch Island. It played a subordinate role in coastal fortification during World Wars I and II, but, most interestingly, served with Fort Wetherill during the final phases of the latter conflict as a center for indoctrinating German POWs in democratic ideas and values prior to their repatriation.
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