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Part of our in-depth series exploring the forts of Northern Early America

Picture of Fort Constitution
Thanks to Pete Payette at American Forts Network for the above picture.

Fort Constitution State Historic Site is located on a peninsula on the northeast corner of New Castle Island. It overlooks both the Pisquatua River and the Atlantic Ocean.

In 1791, the State of New Hampshire gave the United States the neck of land on which Fort William and Mary and a lighthouse were situated. The fort was repaired, renamed Fort Constitution and garrisoned with a company of United States artillery. Renovations, which included a wall twice as high as that of the colonial fort and new brick buildings, were completed in 1808. It is the ruins of this fort that are seen today.

Directions

Route I-93 & I-95 are the gateway highways to New Hampshire.

From I-93:
To Route 101 east to I-95 to exit 5 to 1 By-Pass south to Route 1 south to 1A south. Cross the Sagamore River Bridge, and take a left onto Wentworth Road. Fort Constitution State Historic Site is located at the Coast Guard Station. Park in designated parking lot.

From I-95:
Take exit 5 to 1 By-Pass south to Route 1 south to 1A south. Cross the Sagamore River Bridge, and take a left onto Wentworth Road. Fort Constitution State Historic Site is located at the Coast Guard Station. Park in designated parking lot.

Communities and Related Links
Fort Constitution Web Site
NH Parks and Recreation
Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce
Kennebunkport, ME
The Yorks, ME
York, ME
Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce

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