Hannah Duston Memorial State Historic Site

Hannah Duston Memorial State Historic Site is a 35-foot (11 m) statue in Boscawen, New Hampshire, located on a small island at the confluence of the Contoocook and Merrimack rivers. Erected in 1874 and the first publicly funded statue in New Hampshire, the memorial commemorates Hannah Duston, who was captured in 1697 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, during King William's War, then killed her captors while they were camped at the site in Boscawen.[1][2][3]

Hannah Duston Memorial State Historic Site
Hannahdustin statue
Location298 US Route 4
Boscawen, New Hampshire
Coordinates43°17′20″N 71°35′26″W / 43.2889°N 71.5906°WCoordinates: 43°17′20″N 71°35′26″W / 43.2889°N 71.5906°W
Operated byNew Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
WebsiteHannah Duston Memorial State Historic Site


  1. ^ "Hannah Duston State Memorial Historic Site". NH Division of Parks and Recreation. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Hannah Duston Massacre Site Statue". Roadside America. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Hannah Dustin Memorial Statue". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 22 February 2017.

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Boscawen, New Hampshire

Boscawen is a town in Merrimack County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 3,965 at the 2010 census.

Hannah Duston

Hannah Duston (Dustin, Dustan, and Durstan) (born Hannah Emerson, December 23, 1657 – March 6, 1736, 1737 or 1738) was a colonial Massachusetts Puritan mother of nine who was taken captive by Abenaki people from Québec during King William's War, with her newborn daughter, during the Raid on Haverhill in 1697, in which 27 colonists were killed. While detained on an island in the Merrimack River in present-day Boscawen, New Hampshire, she killed and scalped ten of the Native American family members holding them hostage, with the assistance of two other captives. She claimed the Abenaki had killed her baby during the journey to the island.

Duston's captivity narrative became famous more than 100 years after she died. During the 19th century, she was referred to as "a folk hero" and the "mother of the American tradition of scalp-hunting." Some scholars assert Duston's story only became legend in the 19th century because the United States used her story to defend its violence against Native Americans as innocent, defensive, and virtuous. Duston is believed to be the first American woman honored with a statue.

List of New Hampshire state parks

This is a list of New Hampshire state parks. State parks in the U.S. state of New Hampshire are overseen by the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation.



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