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By James R. Murray, June 29, 2017
Sam Walter Foss Marker
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Candia — Sam Walter Foss1858-1911
Candia is the birthplace of the well-known poet, journalist and publisher, Sam Walter Foss. Son of Dyer and Polly Foss, he was born on June 19, 1858. His homespun verse and country poems were great favorites. “The House by the Side of the . . . — Map (db m104854) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Candia — Soldier's Memorial
Side 1: In memory of the 155 men of Candia who served in the War of Revolution Killed: Lieut T Dearborn, P Hills In memory of the 5 men of Candia who served in the French and Indian War of 1756 Side 2: In honor of the 126 men of . . . — Map (db m105524) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Candia — World War I Honor Roll
World War I Honor Roll Row 1: Barclay, Guy R. Brown, Bryon R. Brown, Charles E. Brown, George W. Brown, Guy Brown, Melvin Browning, George Clock, Vincent J. Cobe, Harry H. Condon, William J. Critchett, Gardiner Critchett, Edwin G. Critchett, . . . — Map (db m105523) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — Abraham Lincoln Speaks in New Hampshire
On March 3, 1860, Abraham Lincoln delivered his final of four speeches in New Hampshire at Exeter Town Hall. Lincoln had strong ties to Exeter due to the influence of Amos Tuck, of this town, who is credited with the creation of the Republican . . . — Map (db m88050) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — 131 — Brigadier General Enoch Poor
Born in Andover, Mass. June 21, 1736, Enoch Poor settled in Exeter, becoming a successful merchant and ship-builder. In 1775 he was appointed colonel in the 3rd New Hampshire Regiment. Poor was at Stillwater, Saratoga and Monmouth, and served under . . . — Map (db m75241) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — Exeter NH Exeter Gas Works
The Exeter Gas Works operated on this site beginning in 1862. The gas, produced from coal, supplied street lights in Exeter during the American Civil War. Local homes and businesses were supplied shortly thereafter. Manufactured gas was the . . . — Map (db m96465) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — Exeter NH Folsom and Gilman Marker
In honor of John Folsom and his wife Mary Gilman, progenitors of the American Folsoms, natives of Hingham, England emigrated 1638, settled Exeter 1655. This stone erected by their descendants on land granted to Lieutenant Peter Folsom, was once the . . . — Map (db m96467) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — Exeter NH War Memorial
In honor of those who served in the armed forces of the United States of America — Map (db m96463) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — 097 — Exeter Town House
The historic Town House of Exeter stood near this site. Here on January 5, 1776, the Provincial Congress adopted and signed the first state constitution thereby establishing an independent state government, the first of the thirteen colonies. The . . . — Map (db m75242) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — George Leonard Smith Gun
This cannon was presented by Captain George Leonard Smith, U.S.N. (1876-1951) to honor Exeter’s veterans of World War II. Captain Smith was a native son of Exeter, a prolific inventor, and a veteran of three wars. This cannon incorporates . . . — Map (db m31541) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — 161 — Ladd-Gilman House
Built about 1721 as one of New Hampshire’s earliest brick houses, and enlarged and clapboarded in the 1750s, this dwelling served as the state treasury during the Revolution. Here were born John Taylor Gilman (1753-1828), who was elected governor . . . — Map (db m75243) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — Powder House— 1771 —
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. — Map (db m41157) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — Powder House— 1771 —
Directly across the Squamscott river stands the storehouse for the towns 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. — Map (db m41158) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — 032 — Revolutionary Capital
Founded by Rev. John Wheelwright in 1638, Exeter was one of the four original towns in the colony. Following New Hampshire’s provisional declaration of independence on January 5, 1776, it served as the capital of the new state during the period of . . . — Map (db m75244) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — Second Burial Ground
Second Burial Ground Est. late 1600's Here is the last resting place of some of Exeter's early settlers. Samuel Dudley, respected minister who led Exeter's residents for 33 years. Nathaniel Ladd and family, influential community members, built the . . . — Map (db m96466) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Exeter — Site of the First Mill At Falls of the Squamscott River
A grist mill built by Thomas Wilson in 1640. The island and site were granted to him by the town which reserved the right for canoe landing and the laying of fish. Wilson’s Creek flows on the easterly side. — Map (db m41156) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Hampton — Bell of 5th Congregational Church Building
Bell of 5th Congregational Church Building 1797-1844 "Townsfolk to the Church I called." Bell Inscription Maneely's West Troy NY 1861 — Map (db m105146) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Hampton — First Public School Marker
First Public School in New Hampshire, supported by taxation, was opened in Hampton on May 31, 1649. It was presided over by John Legat for the education of both sexes. The sole qualification for admission of the pupils was that they be . . . — Map (db m105144) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Hampton — Hampton NH Honor RollsCivil War and World War I
(left tablet) Honor Roll This tablet erected by The Town of Hampton in honor of the men serving in the 1861 Civil War 1865 ... Hampton men credited elsewhere ... * Killed in action (right tablet) Honor . . . — Map (db m105145) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Hampton — Roll of Honor WW II
Dedicated to those of our town who served in the armed forces and Merchant Marine of the US in World War II. 6 rows of names

5 rows of 53 names each 6th row with 19 names plus 8 Starred names, indicating killed in action. — Map (db m105147) WM

New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Hampton — Rolls of Honor Viet Nam and Korean War
Side 1 Roll of honor 1961 1975 Roll of Honor in remembrance of those who serve in the Vietnam War

4 rows of names Row 1 47 names Row 2 48 names Row 3 46 names Row 4 46 names 7 are starred, indicating loss of life/killed in action. . . . — Map (db m105149) HM WM

New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Kingston — 046 — Josiah Bartlett— 1729–1795 —
Distinguished participant in the founding of the Republic as signer of the Declaration of Independence and Articles of Confederation, and prominent in this State as Chief Justice of two courts and first holder of the title of Governor. An innovator . . . — Map (db m75245) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), New Castle — Fort William and Mary Commeration Marker
In commemoration of the first victory of the American Revolution the capture on this site of Fort William and Mary 14-15 December 1774

In Admiration of the gallantry of Capt. John Langdon and Maj. John Sullivan Leaders of the assaults

In . . . — Map (db m85341) HM WM

New Hampshire (Rockingham County), New Castle — New Castle Congregational Church
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m105370) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), New Castle — 004 — William and Mary Raids
December 14-15, 1774, several hundred men overpowered the small British garrison at Castle William & Mary, now Fort Constitution, New Castle, and removed quantities of military supplies. These raids, set off by Paul Revere's ride to . . . — Map (db m85343) HM WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Newington — The Oldest Town Forest in the United States
Established by the Town of Newington in 1710 The income from timber cutting through the centuries has financed and supplied materials for building The Old 1872 Town Hall, The Stone Schoolhouse, and other town projects. — Map (db m102636) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Northwood — 181 — First New Hampshire Turnpike
Extending 36 miles from Piscataqua Bridge in Durham to the Merrimack River in East Concord, this highway was originally a toll road. The first of more than 80 New Hampshire turnpikes built by private corporations in the nineteenth century, this was . . . — Map (db m77814) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Northwood — 024 — LaFayette's Tour
Upon invitation of President Monroe, issued at the request of the Congress, Marquis de LaFayette, Revolutionary War hero, revisited the United States for a goodwill tour which included an extensive visit to New Hampshire towns. He passed this spot . . . — Map (db m77815) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Northwood — Northwood NH War Memorial
In grateful tribute to those of Northwood who honorably served in the Armed Forces of their country. Below is listed several campaigns: Korea • Viet Nam • Lebanon-Grenada • Panama • Persian Gulf — Map (db m96963) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Northwood — Northwood NH WWII Honor Roll
Northwood Honor Roll Dec. 7, 1941 - Sept. 2, 1945 There are 3 columns of names listed alphabetically, with 6 of the names having a star listed, indicating they died in the service of their country. — Map (db m96962) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Northwood — Northwood Parade 1775
Site of Meeting House 1781-1847 Center School House 1793-1996 Town House 1847 Shoe Shop ca. 1880 Moved Here - 1968 First N.H. Turnpike 1802 — Map (db m76453) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Northwoods — Northwood NH WWI Honor Roll
1917 Honor Roll 1919 In grateful appreciation of the men of Northwood who served in the World War. 35 names are inscribed 1 with a star indicating that the soldier gave his life in the service. — Map (db m96961) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — 18 Congress
On this site were leased lots provided by the North Church Parish dating from 1709. One such parcel was the home of Hunking Wentworth, Chairman of the Committee of Public Safety and zealous patriot on behalf of the American Revolution. The site was . . . — Map (db m76460) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Ceilia Layton Thaxter
Poet, writer, artist was born here June 29, 1835 Author of Among the Isles of Shoals and An Island Garden She died on Appledore August 26, 1894 — Map (db m96976) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Frank Jones's Hotels
Frank Jones (1832-1902) was a Barrington-born farmboy who came to Portsmouth as a teenager and literally rose from rags to riches in a remarkable short time. A man of boundless energy and daring, he parlayed the fortune he amassed as a brewer . . . — Map (db m76456) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Haven ParkPortsmouth Visual Label Program
The land for this park was given to the city by Miss Eliza A. Haven through a bequest following her death in 1897. The last direct descendant of Dr. Samuel Haven, who stipulated in his will that the ancestral family mansion be “taken . . . — Map (db m97042) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Horse ChestnutAesculus hippocastanum
Moffatt - Ladd House & Garden This tree was planted in 1776 when William Whipple (1730 – 1785) returned home from Philadelphia after signing The Declaration of Independence. — Map (db m105538) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — James (Stavers)Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail
In the midst of the American Revolution in 1777, James, enslaved by tavern owner John Stavers, was ordered to stop a zealous patriot from chopping down the tavern sign. Although James nearly killed the man, it was his owner, a suspected Tory, who . . . — Map (db m97043) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — John Paul Jones House
Has been designated a Registered National Historic Landmark Under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935 This site possesses exceptional value in commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States U.S. Department of . . . — Map (db m76458) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — John Samuel Blunt, PainterPortsmouth Visual Label Program
Born in 1798 into a family of Portsmouth Mariners, John Samuel Blunt was apprenticed in the Boston workshop of artist John Ritto Penniman where, from age 14 to 21, he mastered the art of ornamentation. Here, he met other ambitious young artists who . . . — Map (db m97040) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Liberty Pole and Bridge
Legend Records "Liberty, Property & no Stamps" on a flag flown on the first Portsmouth Liberty Pole in January 1766, in response to British attempts to tax products without American representation in Parliament, the Portsmouth Sons of Liberty . . . — Map (db m76579) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Memorial Bridge 1923-2012
Photo 1 The memorial bridge was constructed between 1920 and 1923 and demolished in 2012. It was the second bridge built across the fast and deep waters of Portsmouth Harbor. The 1923 bridge was the first vertical lift bridge constructed . . . — Map (db m97036) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Nation's Oldest Bank
[Upper Marker:] 22/26 Market Square Built 1803 The Oldest Bank Building New Hampshire Bank 1803-1842 Portsmouth Savings Bank 1823-C.1950 Piscataqua Bank 1842-1863 Piscataqua Exchange Bank 1844-1863 First National Bank of . . . — Map (db m74731) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Negro PewsPortsmouth Black Heritage Trail
Until the mid 1800's, most New England churches assigned pews to parishioners by their social rank. Black people, enslaved or free, usually were seated as far as possible from the pulpit. Negro pews in the North Meetinghouse, which stood here from . . . — Map (db m57930) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — New Hampshire's First Black ChurchPortsmouth NH Black Heritage Trail
In 1915 the congregation of the People's Baptist Church which had been meeting in the South Ward Hall for more than twenty-five years, brought this 1857 building for $1200. Though officially Baptist, its membership was multidenominational. For . . . — Map (db m96175) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — 0114 — North Cemetery
The town of Portmouth purchased this land in 1753 for 150 pounds from Col. John Hart, Commander of the N.H. Regiment at Louisburg. General William Whipple, signer of the Declaration of Independence, Gov. John Langdon, signer of the Constitution, . . . — Map (db m74579) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — On this site was born Fitz John PorterAug. 31, 1822
While his father Capt. John Porter, U.S.N. Commanded the Portsmouth Navy Yard. Graduated West Point, July 1845 Distinguished himself and was wounded in War with Mexico 1846-1847. Instructor of Artillery and Cavalry West Point . . . — Map (db m94764) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Oracle HouseCirca 1702
The Oracle House is one of the oldest houses in New England. it was built by the Honorable Richard Wibird, an officer in the British Royal Navy, wealthy merchant, member of The King's Council and a benefactor of Harvard College. — Map (db m23380) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Point of Graves
This burial ground has some of the finest Colonial Era gravestones in northern New England. Portsmouth residents patronized Massachusetts gravestone carvers until the early 1800s. Among the artists whose work can be found here are Bostonians . . . — Map (db m76581) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Point of Graves
This cemetery was formally established in 1671 on land given to the town by Captain John Pickering. The land was used for burials prior to this time, but because Pickering retained the right to graze his cattle here, many of the earliest . . . — Map (db m76582) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth Memorial Bridge Marker
Memorial to the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire who participated in the World War 1917-1919 1923-2013 — Map (db m85411) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth NH Marine Railway
In 1833 a group of prominent Portsmouth merchants organized The Marine Railway Company and installed a set of tracks from the water to the brick machine house still standing near this site. When coupled with two horses, the machinery would, as the . . . — Map (db m96681) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth NH Red Light District
From the mid-nineteenth century into the early years of the twentieth century, most of Portsmouth's houses of ill-fame and low-class saloons were concentrated on Water Street, (today Marcy Street). City officials and the police gave unofficial . . . — Map (db m96183) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth NH World War II Marker
World War II 1941-1945 "Remembering those who made the supreme sacrifice" Followed by a listing of 106 names — Map (db m96682) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Portsmouth Veteran's Memorial
Honor * Protect* Remember

Plaque 1 Portsmouth Memorial Park Dedicated November 2013 Displayed at the center of this memorial, are the granite foundation abutments that supported the memorial bridge for eighty-eight years, . . . — Map (db m85413) WM

New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Prince Whipple and Winsor Maffatt Revolutionary PetitionersPortsmouth NH Black Heritage Trail
Prince, enslaved by General William Whipple and his wife Katharine Moffatt, accompanied the general through several battles of the American Revolution but was not freed until 1784. In 1779, however, Prince and Winsor were two of twenty African-born . . . — Map (db m96179) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Russell A. Hanscom Memorial
Dedicated to those men who made the supreme sacrifice in WWII for God and Country. Robert A. Anderson • James R. Birt • Raymond F. Burns • Paula A. Doble • Russell A. Hanscom • Robert A. Harrison • Guy House • Howard L. Hunt • Peter G. Phillippe . . . — Map (db m96776) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Sheafe Warehouse
Sheafe Warehouse is one of America’s best-preserved examples of early 18th century waterfront architecture. It was originally built on interlocked tree trunks known as “cobwork” barely above the level of high tide. An overhanging second . . . — Map (db m96978) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Soldiers and Sailors Monument
(north face) Gettysburg In honor of the men of Portsmouth who gave their services on the land and on the sea in the war which preserved the Union of the States this monument is erected by grateful citizens. . . . — Map (db m85415) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Spanish American War Memorial
Dedicated to the veterans of Portsmouth NH who served in the Spanish American War 1898-1902 — Map (db m85417) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Still On Patrol
Still On Patrol U.S. Navy submarines paid heavily for their success in World War II. A total of 374 officers and 3131 men are on board these 52 U.S. submarines still on “patrol”. We shall never forget that it was our submarines that . . . — Map (db m105551) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Temple Israel1910
First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in New Hampshire Star of David New Hampshire's Jewish community dates back to the pre colonial ear. Temple Israel, established as a formally organized community in 1910, affirmed the American principles . . . — Map (db m76462) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — The Original New Hampshire State House
Located in Market Square Seat of Colonial Government, 1758 - 1776 The Declaration of Independence was read from the Building, July 18, 1776 President George Washington spoke from the Balcony, October 31, 1789 — Map (db m76461) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — The South Church
This Greek Revival-style church was dedicated on February 15, 1826. Its architect and construction supervisor was Jonathon Folsom, a master builder. The exterior granite was quarried in Rockport, Massachusetts, transported to Portsmouth by water, . . . — Map (db m96778) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — Treaty of Portsmouth 1905
September 5, 1905 - A day now commemorated statewide as Portsmouth Peace Treaty Day - marks the signing of the Portsmouth Peace Treaty at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Treaty brought to a close the first great war of the twentieth century, . . . — Map (db m76455) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — U.S.S. Albacore
U.S.S. Albacore AGSS 569 On shore May 4, 1985 Under Secretary – Navy James F. Goodrich — Map (db m105606) WM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — U.S.S. O9 SS-70
U.S.S. O9 SS-70 June 20, 1941 Dedicated to the shipmates who lost their lives on the U.S. O9 SS-70 off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire “Sailor rest your oar” The names of the 33 U.S. Navy submariners and 2 civilian . . . — Map (db m105601) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — U.S.S. Squalus SS-192
U.S.S. Squalus SS-192 May 23, 1939 Dedicated to the shipmates who lost their lives on the U.S. Squalus SS-192 off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire “Sailor rest your oar” The names of the 22 U.S. Navy submariners and 2 . . . — Map (db m105550) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Portsmouth — 234 — US Route 1 Bypass of Portsmouth, NH (1940)
The Bypass was part of a major New Deal project to move U.S. Route 1 traffic away from the congested streets of downtown Portsmouth. The Bypass created a second Piscataqua River crossing into Maine via the Interstate (Sarah M. Long) Bridge. The . . . — Map (db m85404) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Rye — 063 — Atlantic Cable Station and Sunken Forest
The receiving station for the first Atlantic cable, laid in 1874, is located on Old Beach Road opposite this location. The remains of the Sunken Forest (remnants of the Ice Age) may be seen at low tide. Intermingled with these gnarled stumps is the . . . — Map (db m74580) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Rye — 018 — Isles Of Shoals
About six miles offshore, these nine rocky islands served Europeans as a fishing station before the first mainland settlements were made in 1623. Capt John Smith (1580-1631) named the group "Smiths Isles" in 1614. The codfish that "shoaled" or . . . — Map (db m74581) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Rye — New Isles of Shoals Marker
Origins of New England John Smith’s map and widely read book “A Description of New England” detailed the region’s teeming fishing banks, abundant game, clean rivers, vast forests and native people. The book had a major influence . . . — Map (db m107445) HM
New Hampshire (Rockingham County), Rye — Rye NH War Memorial
Dedicated to the memory of the Men of Rye who fought in the Revolutionary War The War of 1812 Civil War 2 rows with 43 names Spanish War 2 rows, 2 names Dedicated to the memory of the Men and Women of Rye Who served our Nation in World War . . . — Map (db m107449) WM

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