2026 marks the 250th anniversary of our nation’s founding!
In celebration of the 250th anniversary of our nation’s founding, the New Hampshire State Organization Daughters of the American Revolution have secured permission to place a DAR America 250! Patriot Marker and native pollinator garden at historic Fort Constitution in New Castle, New Hampshire.
This National DAR initiative to place America 250! Patriot markers has been established to raise public awareness of the men and women who achieved American Independence. In December 1774, Paul Revere rode to Portsmouth from Boston to warn the colonists of British plans to reinforce the fort and the need to protect its store of powder. The Capture of Fort William and Mary took place in New Hampshire on December 14, 1774, when local Patriots from the Portsmouth area, led by John Langdon, stormed Fort William and Mary (overcoming a six-man caretaker detachment) and seized the garrison's powder, which was distributed through several towns in the colony for potential use in the looming struggle against Great Britain. On December 15, 1774, patriots led by John Sullivan again raided the fort, this time seizing numerous cannons. This was one of the first overt acts of the American Revolutionary War and the only battle to take place in the State of New Hampshire.
You are invited to contribute to and to participate in the recognition of the men and women who achieved American Independence in New Hampshire at this nationally significant site that saw some of the first acts of American rebellion in the War for Independence and is critical to the remembrance of our nation’s founding and evolution.