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  • Brackett Massacre Burial Ground, Rye, NH
    Brackett Massacre Burial Ground, Rye, NH
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  • View toward marshy area, Rye, NH
    View toward marshy area, Rye, NH
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  • Grave markers at Brackett Lane
    Grave markers at Brackett Lane
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Rye Warnings and Dangers

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    by karenincalifornia Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    The location of the Brackett Massacre Burial Ground in Rye, New Hampshire is on the side of a marsh and the mosquitos are voracious. They attacked my husband with incredible ferocity. He must have had over 100 bites. We had to find a drug store for some ant-itch cream.

    On the other hand, my son, my daughter and I did not get a single bite. We think the site is cursed - but if you have Brackett blood you are spared.

    According to "History of the Town of Rye, New Hampshire", p.245, Sandy Beach may be haunted by the ghosts of the colonists killed in the Brackett Massacre of 1691.

    I'm a believer.

    Brackett Lane Burial Ground, Rye, NH
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    by karenincalifornia Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    This photo is a picture of the marsh that sits between the Brackett Massacre Burial Ground on Brackett Lane and the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic coast is just beyond the trees in this picture. Interestingly, historical notes describe the natives as traveling down the coast by canoe and surprising the Brackett family while working in the fields. In all likelihood, this area has filled up with silt, transforming it into a marsh. After all, it has been 300 years since the attack, and the topography has probably undergone some changes.

    We drove to the other side of the marsh, which has now been built up as vacation spot with condos and motels. On that side, right in the marsh, are many bird houses perched atop poles. Why? Birds eat mosquitos. Beware - if you are thinking of renting a beach house around Rye, New Hampshire, you may be swatting away mosquitos all day and night!

    Rye, New Hampshire also has Mosquito Commission - like a Public Works Commission or a Library Commission. What does that tell you about Rye?

    Marsh near Brackett Massacre Burial Ground
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