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    by grandmaR Updated Jul 25, 2014

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    This visit was some 30 years before the tip was written. I only know that we were there because I have the photo which I labeled with the location.

    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. But he did not like life at sea. When he retired from the sea, Captain Penniman was able to build a large ornate house in the latest style for his family. The Penniman House, was built in 1868, and was considered by many at the time to be "pretentious and unconventional". Captain Penniman was proud of his house. He said "I have sailed the seven seas and have never seen anything more beautiful than Fort Hill."

    The house is a 2-½-story in the French Second Empire style, set on a stone foundation with a characteristic mansard roof. A mansard roof is a roof that is steeply pitched usually providing extra living space. The exterior is covered with clapboards and "exuberant millwork trim" painted in the colors which it had in about 1890: 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.

    Museum through whalebone
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    • National/State Park
    • Whale Watching

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    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.

    Fort Hill Trails
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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking

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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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    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.

    Indian Rock
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    • Arts and Culture
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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