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Exeter in Rockingham County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Powder House

— 1771 —

 
 
Powder House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, March 25, 2011
1. Powder House Marker
Inscription. At this site on the Squamscott river stands the storehouse for the town’s powder used during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Powder captured from the British at New Castle was stored here and later used at the Battle of Bunker Hill.
 
Erected by Town of Exeter, New Hampshire.
 
Location. 42° 59.155′ N, 70° 56.922′ W. Marker is in Exeter, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County. Marker can be reached from Jady Hill Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at Duck Point, a 200-yard walk northwest from where Jady Hill Avenue ends at the Squamscott River. Marker is in this post office area: Exeter NH 03833, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Powder House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brigadier General Enoch Poor (approx. ¼ mile away); Exeter NH Exeter Gas Works (approx. ¼ mile away); Second Burial Ground (approx. ¼ mile away); Ladd-Gilman House (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of the First Mill At Falls of the Squamscott River (approx. 0.3 miles away); Abraham Lincoln Speaks in New Hampshire (approx. 0.3 miles away); Revolutionary Capital (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Exeter.
 
Regarding Powder House.
Powder House with Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, March 25, 2011
2. Powder House with Marker
In December 1774, men from several towns in southeastern New Hampshire removed almost 100 barrels of gunpowder from Fort William and Mary in New Castle, NH, to keep it from falling into British hands. For an eyewitness account, see the link below. Some of the powder may have of been stored in this quaint structure, which was refurbished in 1999.
 
Also see . . .  Seizure of gunpowder. The account starts on page 240 of the History of the Town of Exeter, New Hampshire by Charles Henry Bell (Exeter, 1888). (Submitted on March 26, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraWar of 1812War, US Revolutionary
 
Powder House image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, March 25, 2011
3. Powder House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 727 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 26, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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