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Massachusetts has 2 historic forts that are as old as America
Massachusetts has 2 historic forts that are as old as America

Massachusetts is undoubtedly one of the most historic states in the United States. There are an incredible number of things in the Bay State that even predate America’s birthday on July 4, 1776. Of course, some of the most important parts of American history have also taken place within the boundaries of some of the most historic forts in the United States. Some of these have been designated national, state, and local parks. Others serve as historical monuments and landmarks across the country and are often great tourist attractions as well. Two of these historic forts, as old as America, are apparently located in Massachusetts.

The popular lifestyle publication “24/7 Tempo” has compiled a list of 14 historic forts as old as America itself. The list was compiled by consulting several state and regional tourism websites as well as the National Park Service. Tourists often have the opportunity to visit these historic forts as they have been extensively restored by the government authorities over time. This helps tourists get a true sense of their historical significance.

So where in Massachusetts can we find these two historic forts that are as old as America itself?

Fort Revere is located in Hull, MA. The structure was built in 1776. 24/7 Tempo had this historical tidbit to educate us on its historical significance, which you may have guessed from its name:

The fort, located on Telegraph Hill in Hull Village, was originally called Fort Independence before being renamed in honor of Paul Revere. In 1777, the fort defended Boston Harbor and maintained its strategic position there until it was decommissioned by the military in 1947. The fort is said to have a ghostly, tragic past: when 200 French soldiers fighting for the colonies were liberated by the British and brought to the fort, almost all of them died of smallpox. Residents of the fort later reported hearing strange noises and seeing unexplained shadows.

For the other historic fort in Massachusetts that is as old as America, we would have to travel to Fairhaven, MA.

Fort Phoenix was built in 1775 and didn’t have a name at the time. Here’s what 24/7 Tempo had to say about the historic site:

Built at the entrance to Fairhaven-New Bedford Harbor and originally unnamed, it stood near the site of the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War at Buzzards Bay in 1775. In 1778, the British destroyed the fort, but a counterattack under Major Israel Fearing repelled them. The fort was named Fort Fearing in his honor and renamed Fort Phoenix in 1784 for its rise from the ashes. It was rebuilt in 1798 and 1808. The British ship HMS Nimrod bombarded it in 1814 during the War of 1812, but after an exchange of fire with local militia, the Nimrod sailed away.

As it turns out, these are two more places in Massachusetts that are not only great tourist attractions, but have also served an amazing purpose in American history. We seem to have a lot of that here in the Bay State!

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By Aurora