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Lincoln in Grafton County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Betty and Barney Hill Incident

 
 
Betty and Barney Hill Incident Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 6, 2011
1. Betty and Barney Hill Incident Marker
Inscription. On the night of September 19–20, 1961, Portsmouth, NH couple Betty and Barney Hill experienced a close encounter with an unidentified flying object and two hours of “lost” time while driving south on Rte 3 near Lincoln. They filed an official Air Force Project Blue Book report of a brightly-lit cigar-shaped craft the next day, but were not public with their story until it was leaked in the Boston Traveler in 1965. This was the first widely-reported UFO abduction report in the United States.
 
Erected 2011 by New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources. (Marker Number 224.)
 
Location. 44° 5.128′ N, 71° 41.048′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, New Hampshire, in Grafton County. Marker is on Daniel Webster Highway (U.S. 3), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker close to the Indian Head Resort. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln NH 03251, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Franconia Range (approx. 0.8 miles away); A Bit of History (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Flume (approx. 0.8 miles away); Franconia Notch State Park (approx.
Wider View Looking North on Route 3 image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 6, 2011
2. Wider View Looking North on Route 3
0.8 miles away); Eastern Brook Trout (approx. 0.8 miles away); Clark's Bridge (approx. 2.4 miles away); Quinten E. Mulleavey (approx. 2.4 miles away); Borasaurus (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
 
Regarding Betty and Barney Hill Incident. Writer John G. Fuller, a columnist for Saturday Review magazine, went to Exeter, New Hampshire, in the fall of 1965 to investigate several recent sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) for his book, Incident at Exeter. While in Exeter he also happened to meet Betty and Barney Hill, who lived in the nearby town of Portsmouth. They told him about their own UFO encounter, four years earlier, while driving home from Canada.

The Hills had told almost no one of that traumatic night in 1961; in fact, at first they could not remember most of the details. But the experience had left them shaken and disturbed, so in 1963 they sought help from Benjamin Simon, M.D., a Boston psychiatrist. In several sessions, under hypnosis separately, Betty and Barney gave Dr. Simon eerily similar accounts of being taken aboard a spacecraft for medical and
Fullerís 1966 Book About the Hills image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 6, 2011
3. Fullerís 1966 Book About the Hills
This book, like Incident at Exeter, became a bestseller in the 1960s.
scientific exams.

Theirs remains one of the best documented UFO encounters on record, and it led to a second book by Fuller, Interrupted Journey, which came out in 1966.
 
Also see . . .  Huffington Post article. The July 25, 2011, posting describes New Hampshireís decision to add this marker to their official highway marker series. The story links to a video about the Hillsí strange experience, never satisfactorily explained. (Submitted on October 6, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Additional keywords. UFO encounter, UFO abduction
 
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View Near Entrance of Indian Head Resort image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, October 6, 2011
4. View Near Entrance of Indian Head Resort
Under favorable lighting conditions, the distant rocky hilltop at top left resembles the head of an Indian chief in silhouette, and Indian Head Resort provides a good view of it. (The illusion is not unlike that of a more famous feature, 5 miles north of here, New Hampshire's Old Man of the Mountain, which collapsed in 2003.) The Betty and Barney Hill marker can be seen just left of the totem pole in this picture.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 1,822 times since then and 90 times this year. Last updated on June 19, 2014, by Kevin Craft of Bedford, Quebec. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 6, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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