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ODIORNE POINT STATE PARK
WENTWORTH-COOLIDGE MANSION STATE HISTORIC SITE
LOCATION - Odiorne Point State Park is northeast of Rye on New Hampshire 1A.
The Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion is near Portsmouth at the end of Little Harbor Road off New Hampshire 1A.
FEATURES - New Hampshire's first settlement, called Pannway Plantation, was established at Odiorne's Point in 1632. Fort Dearborn, a U.S. Army military base, was constructed here to protect Portsmouth Harbor from possible attack during World War II.
ACTIVITIES - At Odiorne Point, attend interpretive programs offered by the University of New Hampshire and Audubon Society in the Seacoast Science Center. The museum is open year-round and features an indoor tidal pool touch tank and an interactive aquarium. Call 603-436-8043 for information.
Take an imaginary journey nearly 260 feet below sea level to Seabrook's cooling tunnels and view local marine life in ocean aquariums. Hike the 1-mile Owascoag Trail through a salt marsh and woodland. For information, call 1-800-338-7482.
Enjoy a picnic or go boating from the launch. The park is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Along the coast look for stumps of a sunken forest, remains of trees that grew here approximately 4,000 years ago. During the winter, enjoy cross-country skiing.
Sugden House, constructed of native rubble stone, was built in 1920 as a seasonal home for Robert L. Sugden. Today it's part of the visitor center.
Tour Fort Dearborn to see a battery gun emplacement with two 16-inch guns that could fire a 3,400-pound projectile 26 miles. Battery 204 represents a typical World War II intermediate range harbor defense battery. Two other nearby forts, Stark and Constitution, help you learn about the United States' changing military theories and the development of armaments. Fort Constitution Historic Site is on New Hampshire 1B at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in New Castle.
Take a seacoast cruise aboard a steamship relic from Steamship Dock at 315 Market to nine of the Isles of Shoals. For information, call 603-431-5500. Go on a whale watch from Rye Harbor State Marina on New Hampshire 1A, Ocean Boulevard. For information, call 603-964-5545 or 1-800-872-4753.
Go deep sea fishing from April-October for cod, mackerel, or bluefish, with the Atlantic Fishing Fleet docked in Rye Harbor. For information, call 603-964-5220.
Golfers can play on Wentworth by the Sea's golf course. For a tee-off time, call 603-433-5010.
Stop by nearby Rye Harbor State Park. Enjoy a picnic on the breezy, rocky promontory overlooking the harbor and Atlantic Ocean. Go saltwater fishing from the pier or from aboard a charter boat rented at the commercial wharf. For information, call 603-436-6607. Swim from the 700-foot sand beach at Wallis Sands State Beach 2 miles north of Rye Harbor.
Tour Wentworth-Coolidge's 42-room Colonial mansion, home of Benning Wentworth, Royal Governor of New Hampshire from 1741-67. The oldest part
of the house is believed to have been built in 1695. The mansion overlooks Little Harbor and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Guided tours are given from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. An archaeological dig is active during the summer. For information, call 603-436-6607.
Wentworth State Beach is 5 miles east of Wolfeboro. This small park on the shore of Lake Wentworth offers swimming and picnicking.
Plummer Ledge in Wentworth is the site of ten glacial potholes varying in size from 2 feet to over 10 feet across.
To tour a Georgian house, visit Wentworth-Gardner House at 140 Mechanic Street in Portsmouth. Built in 1760, it's open Tuesday-Sunday from 1:00-4:00. For information, call 603-436-4406.
Annual events in Portsmouth include Market Square weekend the second weekend in June, a Jazz Festival in late June, and Prescott Park Arts Festival from July 4 through mid-August.
To see several other historic homes in town, pick up a map at the tourist information booth in Market Square on Monday-Friday from July 1 through Labor Day or at the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce at 500 Market. For information, call 603-436-1118.
Incoming pilots can land at Portsmouth International Tradeport, located one mile west of town. Rental cars are available.
Odiorne Point State Park Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion State
Route 1A Historic Site
Rye, New Hampshire 03870 Little Harbor Road
603-436-7406 Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801