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Near Mason in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
Uncle Samís House
 
Uncle Sam's House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Jean-Pierre & Cecile Mouraux, September 13, 2007
1. Uncle Sam's House Marker
 
Inscription. Nearby stands the boyhood home of Samuel Wilson (1766 to 1854) who was generally known as “Uncle Sam.” He supplied beef to the Army in 1812. The brand on his barrel was “U.S.” The transition from U.S. to Uncle Sam followed and became the popular symbol for the United States.
 
Erected 2006 by NH Division of Historical Resources and the NH Department of Transportation (marker #35).
 
Location. 42° 44.369′ N, 71° 45.904′ W. Marker is near Mason, New Hampshire, in Hillsborough County. Marker is on Valley Road (New Hampshire Route 123) near Cascade Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville NH 03048, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Fitchburg Civil War Memorial (approx. 10.9 miles away in Massachusetts); The Revolutionary Tavern (approx. 12.2 miles away in Massachusetts); Parker House (approx. 13.4 miles away in Massachusetts); Groton (approx. 13.5 miles away in Massachusetts); Old Parsonage (approx. 14.8 miles away in Massachusetts).
 
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker with the same title and text originally erected in 1966.
 
Uncle Sam's House and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Jean-Pierre & Cecile Mouraux, September 13, 2007
2. Uncle Sam's House and Marker
 

 
Regarding Uncle Samís House. Samuel Wilson or “Uncle Sam” (1766–1854) grew up in Mason and the house in which he lived still stands on Valley Road in Mason. He became famous for his meat packing company in Troy, New York, which supplied meat to the army during the War of 1812. He stamped his barrels with “US” for United States, but people began to say “Thatís Uncle Sam!” (In those days the term “Uncle” was a term of endearment.) After making his fortune in Troy, he returned to Mason where he married his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth “Betsey” Mann. Her father, Capt. Benjamin Mann led 26 men from Mason to the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Source: http://home.earthlink.net/~georgeo/mason_nh.htm
 
Also see . . .
1. A little bit of history on Uncle Sam. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Uncle Sam once slept here... An article by Eric Moskowitz, published by the Concord Monitor on November 08. 2004. (Submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

3. Who Was “Uncle Sam?”. book by Cecile and Jean-Pierre Mouraux, on Amazon.com. (Submitted on January 31, 2008, by Cecile Mouraux of Mason, New Hampshire.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Uncle Sam's House open for tours by appointment
The childhood home of the original Uncle Sam, this 230-year-old, 1770ís red clapboard Cape on four acres was authentically restored around the time the original marker was installed in 1966. In 2004, Jean-Pierre & Cecile Mouraux purchased the house.

The Mouraux's also have an "Uncle Sam" museum in Sonoma, California. They've turned Uncle Sam's House, shown on this marker page, into a private mini-museum. By appointment, the house is open to visits about once a month, as well as September 13th (to celebrate Samuel Wilson's birthday) and the first week of February. Visitors wishing to tour the house can coordinate directly with the owners. The best way to arrange an appointment is via their email address, posterco@pacbell.net.

They've also published a book, Who Was “Uncle Sam?”, which is available in book-stores, on-line (Amazon, ebay, etc) or directly from them by contacting them at the same email address.
 
Uncle Samís House Photo, Click for full size
By Jean-Pierre & Cecile Mouraux, September 13, 2007
3. Uncle Samís House
This picture was taken on September 13th, 2007. It would have been the 241st birthday of Samuel Wilson, or "Uncle Sam" (1766–1854).
 
    — Submitted January 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
 
Main Room of Uncle Samís House Photo, Click for full size
By Jean-Pierre & Cecile Mouraux, September 13, 2007
4. Main Room of Uncle Samís House
 
 
<i>Who Was “Uncle Sam?”</i> image, Click for more information
By Jean-Pierre & Cecile Mouraux
5. Who Was “Uncle Sam?”
A book written by the current owners of Uncle Sam's House, Cecile and Jean-Pierre Mouraux. It is available in book-stores, on-line (Amazon, ebay, etc) or directly by emailing them (Amazon.com link is below).
Click for more information.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 7,761 times since then. Last updated on August 1, 2011, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 15, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3, 4, 5. submitted on January 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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