Fort Sewall

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Fort Sewall
Fort Sewall Stockade.jpg
The underground stockade of Fort Sewall, with surrounding parklands
Fort Sewall is located in Massachusetts
Fort Sewall
Location Marblehead, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°30′32″N 70°50′30″W / 42.50889°N 70.84167°W / 42.50889; -70.84167Coordinates: 42°30′32″N 70°50′30″W / 42.50889°N 70.84167°W / 42.50889; -70.84167
Built 1644
Architect Unknown
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Local
Part of Marblehead Historic District (#84002402[1])
NRHP Reference # 75001908[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 14, 1975
Designated CP January 10, 1984

Fort Sewall is a historic coastal fortification in Marblehead, Massachusetts. It is located at Gale's Head, the northeastern point of the main Marblehead peninsula, on a promontory that overlooks the entrance to Marblehead Harbor. Established in 1644, it is one of the oldest English coastal fortifications in the United States. Known for many years as either Marblehead Fort or the Fort on Gale's Head, it was given its present name in 1814 in honor of Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Samuel Sewall,[2] who died in that year.

The fort was expanded in 1742, and a barracks and magazine were added in 1794 after the federal government took over the property. The fort was turned over to the town in 1922, and is now open as a public park.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Fort Sewall". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  3. ^ "Fort Sewall". Essex Heritage. Retrieved 2014-01-16.