Fort Sewall (1742)

Fort Sewall (1742)

The End of Front Street | Marblehead, MA 01945

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Fort Sewall, formerly an armed fort owned by the United States and used to
defend against British invaders, is now a peaceful park offering some of the
best views of Marblehead Harbor. Originally known as Gale’s Head, it was later
renamed Fort Sewall in honor of Marblehead native and Massachusetts Supreme
Court Justice Samuel Sewall. The Fort’s greatest moment in history was on
Sunday, April 3, 1814 when the U.S. Navy’s Constitution, being chased
by two British frigates, escaped into Marblehead Harbor under the protection of
the fort’s guns. The “Fort.” which was deeded to the Town by the Federal
Government in 1922, still contains bunkers and underground rooms once used to
detain prisoners. It is located at the very end of Front Street and has restroom
facilities.

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