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Description - Erected in 1902, this stone memorial commemorates Hannah Duston for her bravery in scalping a band of Mohawk Indians after being captured, drug through 100 miles of wilderness and having her youngest child, Martha, murdered in 1697.

Attractions - The confluence of the Contoocook and Merrimack Rivers is the site memorializing the brave Hannah Duston, a pioneer woman. Back in 1697 Hannah, her newborn girl Martha, and her neighbor, Mary Neff were taken captive by the Mohawk Indians. The Mohawk Indians murdered 27 area pioneers and captured 13 more. After a horrific episode of being dragged through the woods and being eyewitness to her daughter's murder, Hannah devised a plan to escape and return home. She was successful in murdering most of her captives and escaping with supplies and a canoe thus traveling at night returning south 100 miles on waterways.

Recreation - A small stone monument may be viewed. There are no amenities associated with this state historical site. The site is open year-round. No fee.

Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - Just south of Boscawen from Interstate 93, take Exit 17 (US 4). The memorial site if just off the interstate.


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Contact Information:
Hannah Duston Memorial, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-927-4096

Additional Information:
Merrimack Valley Travel Region - Merrimack Valley is the seat of New Hampshire's state government. Philanthropy and volunteerism run deep in this part of the country. State legislators are paid a mere $100 a year and volunteerism is 4 times higher than any other area in the country.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches.
New Hampshire's Historic Sites -

Links:
New Hampshire State Parks - Official New Hampshire State Parks Website

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