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Fort Sewall, Marblehead

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Fort Sewall is a historic coastal fortification in Marblehead, Massachusetts. It is located at Gale's Head, the northeastern point of the main Marblehead peninsula, on a promontory that overlooks the entrance to Marblehead Harbor. Established in 1644, it is one of the oldest English coastal fortifications in the United States. After the American Revolution, the federal government took over the property. During the War of 1812, on April 3, 1814, the USS Constitution, perhaps the most famous American ship of war ever to sail, took shelter under the guns of Fort Sewall from a pursuing pair of British frigates, the Tenedos and the Endymion. Despite lacking the ammunition and powder needed to sink or drive off the two frigates, the fort's garrison was able to bluff the British by running out all of their guns and acting as though they were preparing to attack. Faced with a 36-gun frigate and the defensive batteries of a fort, the British elected to retreat, none the wiser.During the Civil War, Massachusetts troops were garrisoned at Fort Sewall, 12 pieces of artillery were mounted to defend Marblehead Harbor, and a few Confederate prisoners of war were held here.The fort was turned over to the town in 1922, and is now open as a public park. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
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  • An ancient fort on top of a hill from where you can see the sea in several directions. Have spotting scopes for free use. Good for taking pictures
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  • An important pre- & post-revolutionary site located in a corner of "Old Town" with its quaint homes & sounds & smells of the Atlantic. High on a bluff oveooking the harbor & local islands, this is lov...  more »
  • Good place to just sit and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Marblehead Harbor, and learn about the history of Fort Sewall.  more »
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  • Among the best views Marblehead had to offer. This historic stronghold is a must see when visiting town.
  • A quick walk jaunt through history and a reminder about how important New England was to our seafaring economy during the colonial and industrial revolution eras.
  • Grew up in marblehead. This place has amazing views and history behind it.
  • Great views and also a great place to learn some history.
  • Historic area with an incredible view. Great place to take children for a day trip