Historical Fort Stark, New Castle New Hampshire
Historical Fort Stark Portsmouth New Hampshire
Fort Stark is one of seven forts built to protect Portsmouth Harbor. Named in honor of General John Stark, commander of the New Hampshire forces at the Battle of Bennington (1777). Famous for the phrase Live Free or Die.
The other Forts located in New Hampshire are: Fort Washington, Fort Constitution, and Fort Dearborn, and in Maine: Fort Sullivan, Fort McClary and Fort Foster.
The earliest forts were built to protect the colonists. Fort Stark is known to have been in operation since at least 1746. The State of New Hampshire refortified in 1774 and voted to fully fund it in 1775. By 1778 the Fort fell into disuse.
As Portsmouth Harbor’s importance increased with its Revolutionary War shipbuilding industry and the establishment of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1800, additional fortification was needed. During the Federal Period of the United States, the Fort was again armed up for defense. Officially manned in 1812 by the State Militia.
There is no known activity during the Civil War at this fort.
After the Civil War, the Federal Government took over the site. Multiple constructions were attempted and abandoned during the latter 1/4 of the 1800s.
After the Spanish American War the site was demolished annd reconstructed and fortified with two large guns. In 1905 Fort Stark became a secondary position for Fort Constitution.
Towards the end of World War 1 the Gun emplacements were again dismantled.
In 1941, the fort was again reactivated for World War 2. In 1942 the Fort became communications and command center for the entire Portsmouth area.
The basic defense concept was to mine the harbor entrances and erect gun batteries. The final coastal fortification occurred during World War II (WWII) when batteries were added to Fort Foster, and Fort Dearborn was constructed.
At the end of the War the Fort was again disbanded. In 1948 the Navy reactivated the Fort and used as a drilling location.
In 1963 after the Thresher submarine incident. The fort served as a Memorial. Two deck guns were erected on the southern smaller emplacement locations.
In Winter Storm of 78 toppled one of the guns. Both guns were removed in the early 80s, and in 1983 the Fort was turned over to the Parks Department.
Gordon Lightfoot - Protocol: Drone Flight Fort Stark, New Castle, New Hampshire, USA.
On my birthday, I went down to Fort Stark, in Newcastle, to shoot some video. I was there for a little over an hour and went through 4 batteries. The weather was PERFECT and I ended up with a lot of really great footage.
In between battery changes, I struck up a conversation with one of the volunteer care takers who took an interest in my flight. He makes a couple appearances.
If you're interested in learning more about Fort Stark, you can check out the Wikipedia article here:
Fort Stark, New Castle NH
Explored: April 3rd 2018
Fort Stark is a former military fortification in New Castle, New Hampshire, United States. Located at Jerry's Point (also called Jaffrey's Point) on the southeastern tip of New Castle Island, most of the surviving fort was developed in the early 20th century, following the Spanish–American War, although there were several earlier fortifications on the site, portions of which survive. The fort was named for John Stark, a New Hampshire officer who distinguished himself at the Battle of Bennington in the American Revolution. The purpose of Fort Stark was to defend the harbor of nearby Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The fort remained in active use through the Second World War, after which it was used for reserve training by the US Navy. The property was partially turned over to the state of New Hampshire in 1979, which established Fort Stark Historic Site, and the remainder of the property was turned over in 1983.
At Jerry's Point there is evidence of earthwork fortification, circa 1842, and a stonework fort, circa 1873. Following the Spanish American War (1898) the improved defense of key harbors became a national priority. Fortifications such as Fort Stark were constructed on both coasts during the Endicott Period (1890-1920) and at Forts Constitution, McClary and Foster. The basic defense concept was to mine the harbor entrances and erect gun batteries. No shots were ever fired in anger.
The white building within the fort (World War II Harbor Entrance Control Post) which is disguised to look like a mansion from sea is off-limits to all park guests due to unprotected stairs, high walls, rough ground, and the results of years of neglect and vandalism. The building is surrounded by a large barbed-wire fence and posted with ‘NO TRESPASSING” signs. Trespassers will be arrested if caught.
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In May of 2013 Teenagers taking a day off from school on “Senior Skip Day” made a ghastly discovery when they found the body of a man down a shaft at Fort Stark. Police Chief Don White confirmed that a body of a man between the ages of 29 and 35 was found down a 15-foot ammunition elevator shaft at the fort. The teenagers were exploring the fort when they noticed a duffel bag and a rope leading down the shaft. The police chief said what he saw shocked him. The man’s hands appeared to be behind his back and a chair was knocked down nearby.
Fort Constitution New Castle New Hampshire
Fort Constitution is a historical site located in New Castle NH. There is a lot of history associated with the old fort. Most notably back in December of 1774, when Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth from Boston to warn the colonists of the British Governments plans to reinforce what was then known as Fort William and Mary.
The colonists ended up raiding the fort and successfully took all or most of the supplies. Many people actually think that this was one of the first battles of the American Revolution. After the war the fort became known as Fort Constitution and today offers free self guided tours.
Fort Stark State Historic Site
Fort Stark is a former military fortification in New Castle, New Hampshire, United States. Located at Jerry's Point (also called Jaffrey's Point) on the southeastern tip of New Castle Island, most of the surviving fort was developed in the early 20th century, following the Spanish–American War, although there were several earlier fortifications on the site, portions of which survive. The fort was named for John Stark, a New Hampshire officer who distinguished himself at the Battle of Bennington in the American Revolution. The purpose of Fort Stark was to defend the harbor of nearby Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The fort remained in active use through the Second World War, after which it was used for reserve training by the US Navy. The property was partially turned over to the state of New Hampshire in 1979, which established Fort Stark Historic Site, and the remainder of the property was turned over in 1983. The grounds are open to the public during daylight hours.
Fort Constitution Historic Site and Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse
Fort William and Mary was a colonial fortification in Britain's worldwide system of defenses, manned by soldiers of the Province of New Hampshire who reported directly to the royal governor. The fort, known locally as the Castle, was situated on the island of New Castle, New Hampshire, at the mouth of the Piscataqua River estuary. It was captured by Patriot forces, recaptured, and later abandoned by the British in the Revolutionary War. The fort was renamed Fort Constitution in 1808.
New Castle, New Hampshire from the Piscataqua River
New Castle, New Hampshire from the Piscataqua River
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Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean from the island of New Castle, Wentworth by the Sea, a Marriott Hotel & Spa, welcomes guests to one of last grand Portsmouth hotels. Our AAA Four-Diamond retreat features the three original Victorian towers constructed in the 1870s, along with 161 stately guest rooms and suites that blend the hotel’s historic elegance with luxurious, modern amenities.
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HISTORICAL PLACES OF NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE,U S A IN GOOGLE EARTH
HISTORICAL PLACES OF NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE,U S A
1. NEW HAMPSHIRE STATE HOUSE,CONCORD 43°12'24.75N 71°32'18.01W
2. ABACORE SUBMARINE MUSEUM,PORTSMOUTH 43° 4'56.02N 70°46'1.10W
3. BRETTON WOODS SKI RESORT 44°15'12.98N 71°28'7.28W
4. WATERVILLE VALLEY SKI RESORT 43°57'41.34N 71°32'21.87W
5. WILDCAST MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT 44°15'17.27N 71°13'51.93W
6. LOON MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT 44° 2'31.98N 71°37'52.62W
7. NORTH CHURCH,PORTSMOUTH 43° 4'35.55N 70°45'28.12W
8. FORT AT NUMBER FOUR,CHARLESTOWN 43°15'17.41N 72°25'53.80W
9. BEAVER BROOK FALLS,COLEBROOK 44°55'7.60N 71°27'49.22W
10. GIANT CRAB,SWANZEY 42°52'34.49N 72°19'51.56W
11. STORY LAND,GLEN 44° 6'58.25N 71°10'51.54W
12. SMYTH TOWER,MANCHESTER 43° 0'43.09N 71°26'31.73W
13. UPPER ZEALAND FALLS,BETHELEHUM 44°11'43.92N 71°29'40.33W
14. FORT STARK,NEW CASTLE 43° 3'25.98N 70°42'45.79W
15. ST.GEORGE CATHEDRAL,MANCHESTER 42°59'23.78N 71°26'11.00W
16. FORT CONSTITUTION,NEW CASTLE 43° 4'16.83N 70°42'37.85W
17. DIANA'S BATHS FALLS,BARTLETT 44° 4'16.53N 71°10'11.95W
18. AMERICA'S STONEHENGE,SALEM 42°50'33.56N 71°12'34.46W
19. HAMPTON BEACH,HAMPTON 42°54'28.54N 70°48'30.92W
20. CANOBIE LAKE PARK,SALEM 42°47'40.02N 71°14'57.29W
21. CHAMPNEY FALLS,ALBANY 43°58'33.22N 71°16'59.90W
22. ST.FRANCIS XAVIER CHURCH,NASHUA 42°45'55.91N 71°27'28.80W
23. ST.JOSEPH'S CATHEDRAL,MANCHESTER 42°59'36.18N 71°27'31.80W
24. STAR ISLAND CHAPEL,RYE 42°58'35.11N 70°36'49.95W
25. UNITED METHODIST CHURCH,NASHUA 42°45'40.72N 71°27'53.73W
26. SEASHELL COMPLEX,HAMPTON BEACH 42°54'33.89N 70°48'36.90W
American Military Museum
Fort Ticonderoga launches a multi-million dollar fundraising campaign to build a new national war museum. For centuries, since Samuel de Champlain’s exploration in 1609, the lake has been a critical waterway for nations fighting for control of North America. Strategic forts were built on the shores of Lake Champlain at Crown Point & Ticonderoga. Now Fort Ticonderoga wants to be the home of a new national museum that will tell the story of the military battles and history that shaped our nation. United States Senator Chuck Schumer visited the fort recently, and told community leaders he would help them find funding for the proposed museum. Learn more about Fort Ticonderoga and its place in the history of our nation: fortticonderoga.org
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Hampton Inn Portsmouth Central, Portsmouth (New Hampshire), USA HD review
Hampton Inn Portsmouth Central sells fast on our site. Easily accessible from Interstate 95 and a short drive from the historic downtown area, this Portsmouth, New Hampshire hotel features a free daily hot breakfast and free local shuttle service.
While staying at the Hampton Inn Portsmouth Central, take advantage of free high-speed internet access or the modern fitness center. Relax after a long day in the indoor pool and Jacuzzi or enjoy a cup of coffee from in-room coffeemakers.
The Kittery Outlet Shopping Center, Pease Golf Course and Prescott Park are easily accessible with the Central Portsmouth Hampton Inn's free shuttle service within a 5 miles radius. The University of New Hampshire is also within driving distance.
Check-out is a relaxed 12:00 PM, so you can sleep in and really enjoy that morning cup o' joe.
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Most ghost towns are in the old west, but I recently discovered one less than an hour away from me in New Hampshire. The town of Monson existed from 1736 to 1770, before the American Revolution. All but one of the original houses are gone, but many stone walls and foundations remain. It's now a conservation area on the border of modern Hollis and Milford, New Hampshire.
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a quick look inside Fort McClary a former defensive fortification of the United States military located along the southern coast of Maine at Kittery Point. Built at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, it was used primarily throughout the 19th century to protect approaches to the harbor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and its U.S. naval shipyard.