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    Fort Hill Trails

    by SteveOSF Written Nov 26, 2007

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    Fort Hill offers some nice trails. Some scenic spots look out to sea. Another boardwalk trail passes through a red maple swamp. We enjoyed a pleasant hike along the Fort Hill trails. The trails are fairly easy. The area is free of charge.

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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Museum through whalebone

    by grandmaR Written May 24, 2005

    Text taken from Teaching with Historic Places school lesson plans of the NPS.

    Edward Penniman was one of the most successful whaling captains in New England. However, his letters indicate that he did not like life at sea. With the money earned from whaling, Captain Penniman was able to afford a large ornate house in the latest style for his family. The Penniman House, built in 1868, was considered by many at the time to be "pretentious and unconventional," but Captain Penniman was proud to say "I have sailed the seven seas and have never seen anything more beautiful than Fort Hill."

    The house is a 2-½-story wood frame structure in the French Second Empire style and is symmetrical in design. It is set on a stone foundation with a characteristic mansard roof; a unique roof that is steeply pitched usually providing extra living space. The exterior is covered with clapboards and "exuberant millwork trim" painted in their circa 1890 colors: yellow clapboards, white trim, black window sashes, green window blinds, brown and red roof shingles. Captain Penniman kept a detailed account book for all the expenses related to building the house. For example: he paid James Rodgers $15 for digging the cellar; it cost $24.99 for 238 pounds of nails; he paid Thomas Nickerson $21.60 for 8 days of exterior painting; and it cost $17.88 for 511 feet of hard pine lumber.

    At some point, whale jawbones were placed as an arched "gate" to the entrance of the yard further reflecting Penniman's work and travels. It was thought to be good luck to pass between the whalebones.

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    • Whale Watching
    • National/State Park

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    by mangoblue99 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    THIS IS THE MARKER STONE THAT DISCRIBES THE STORY OF THE WIND MILL AND IT'S TRAVELES...
    FINE PHOTO OPPERTUNITIES...

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  • by love-the-cape Written Aug 3, 2006

    the best dounuts on the outer cape can definitley be found at the hole in one! they have other awesome breakfast specials!

    Favorite Dish: the muffins are out of this world! especially the cranberry, blueberry, and lemon poppy seed!!!! if muffins and dounuts dont suit your pallette, try the silver skillet!

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    by mangoblue99 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE WIND MILL IS A PRIVET HOME WITH SOME UNUSUAL LAWN ORNIMENTS...

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    by mangoblue99 Written Oct 4, 2002

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    THIS WIND MILL IS ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD IN A BUITIFUL LITTLE PARK. YOU CAN SEE THE OTHER WINDMILL ON MY BOURNE BRIDGE PAGE.

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    Indian Rock

    by SteveOSF Written Nov 26, 2007

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    Fondest memory: Indian Rock is easily found along the Fort Hill trails. Trail markers will help guide you to its location. The rock has the distinctive markings carved into the rock as Native Americans used it for years to sharpen their knives and tools.

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    • Archeology
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