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Mysterious Old Picture of
Fort William and Mary

Fort William and Mary
The current Fort Constitution was rebuilt a number of times and little remains of the original "Castle William and Mary." This is an unknown artist's interpretation of the early fort and lighthouse which was rebuilt by British Gov. John Wentworth and raided by Seacoast, New Hampshire "patriots" following the first ride of Paul Revere in 1774. One expert says the lighthouse here is on the wrong side of the fort. This image was taken from a photo owned by the late Joe Copley who prepared a bicentennial booklet on the fort in 1974. He said the picture was discovered "behind a picture being reframed in 1894." The location of the original drawing is unknown.

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