Today we drove up to Portsmouth NH via the scenic route of hwy 1 and 1A through the towns of Newburyport, Salisbury, Hampton, Rye Beach, Odiorne SP and New Castle returning home via IH 95.
There are some beautiful homes overlooking the Atlantic and the drive relaxing and scenic. Enroute we saw several WW II Fire Control towers now on private property.
|Fire Control Tower WW II|
Our first stop was Odiorne SP to visit site of Fort Dearborn and 1st Settlers site in NH. Fort Dearborn (1942-1948) as part of the Harbor Defense System of Portsmouth NH. It was a nice walk to view Battery 204 and Battery Seaman (103). During the Cold War the Air Force maintained Rye Air Force Station. The site is now a state park with the Seacoast Science Center here.
|Fire Control Station Battery 204|
|Battery 103 Seaman|
Located in the park is the site of the first Settlers in New Hampshire in 1623. A monument and reader board are located on the path.
|First Settlers Signage|
|Direction to First Settlers Monument|
|Monument to first Settlers in NH|
|Columbus Road Marker|
|View From Settler's|
Our next stop was Fort Stark located on Jerry's Point on New Castle Island (1873-1948). This was also part of the Harbor Defense System of Portsmouth. Previous batteries had been located here during the Revolutionary War. Construction of present batteries began in 1898 with completion of four Endicott batteries in 1904. During WW I, the guns of Battery Kirk were dismounted and sent to France in 1917 and returned to the USA in 1919, but not to Kirk. The fort remained active during WW II and during the Cold War the Navy took over the fort for reserve training. The property is now a state historic site.
|Fort Stark Marker|
|View of Lighthouse|
We stopped at Gino's in New Castle for lunch. Clam chowder and lobster roll very good. We did not do any sightseeing in Portsmouth as the day was getting late.
|View from Gino's|