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The North Church on Market Square in Portsmouth, NH was built in 1855 at a cost of $30,000. A new clock was installed in 1856 and a new organ in 1890. More recent renovation took place in 1978 and the steeple was replaced after it was destroyed by a windstorm in 2006.
George Whitefield preached his last indoor sermon here on September 28, 1770, just two days before he died in Newburyport, MA, where he is buried.
The church has had a building on the present site since 1712.
Fort McClary, located on Route 103 (Pepperell Rd.) in Kittery Point, Maine is one of several harbor defense forts that were built to protect Portsmouth Harbor. The blockhouse in this cover photo for the gallery was built in 1844 and was the last one to be built in Maine.
The Memorial Bridge has linked Kittery, Maine and Portsmouth, New Hampshire across the Piscataqua River since 1923. It was closed, first to vehicular traffic and then to pedestrians in 2011 and demolition began in 2012.
One of the nice things about living in New England is that I have easy access to historical burying grounds. I’ve always found the atmosphere, artwork and epitaphs in them interesting, curious and good to reflect on.
The Wood Island Lifesaving Station sits just off Fort Foster. It has fallen into serious disrepair and it’s future is uncertain. A local group has been formed to save this historic building. Check out their website by clicking on the link below.
Old Sturbridge Village is a reproduction of an 1830’s era village. I’m amazed that I grew up in New England, am over 60 and this is the first time I’ve gone there. Lots to see and do there. Working farms, blacksmith shop, pottery shop and kiln, cobbler, pubs, stagecoach, live farm animals and people in costume and in character are some of them.