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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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  • I wished I could have spent more time enjoying the amazing views and taking in the history of Fort Sewall. I recommend this place for any history buff or view seeker. 
  • History and incredible scenery rolled into one. A must see when visiting Marblehead. I love coming here to witness the sunrise with Marblehead Neck and the lighthouse in the background but it is delig...  more »
  • We enjoyed our drive here. The fall colors were wonderful. Great views of the coast. Lot of colorful boats and houses. I imagine in summer is quiet lovely as well. 
  • 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