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Atlantic Heights was Architecture for the Poor Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Uncle Sam sells Atlantic Heights in NH in 1925/ ? art courtesy Kevin LafondLIVING IN THE SEACOAST

The brainstorm was to build affordable housing that low income workers actually liked. The result in 1919 was one of the first federally funded housing projects in the nation. When Uncle Sam sold off these "garden city" movement houses, poor renters were offered a deal. But things rarely go the way Uncle Sam plans.


Webster Farm Calling All Angels Print Email
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Farmer Daniel Webster on his farm / Photo by Gail Rousseau

Daniel Webster went to Hell to save one NH farmer, but who will save his heavenly farm? Webster called his Franklin, NH farm the sweetest spot on Earth. Scientists agree that its black alluvial soil is ideal. But can historians also save the Webster homestead  and a Civil War orphange? Daniel could use an angel or two.


With Apologies to Kittery Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Kittery Town patch


If you took everything that happened in Kittery our of Portsmouth history – what would be left? Some politics, perhaps, and a few parades. Fact is, Portsmouth historians owe their Kittery neighbor a huge aology for appropriating their best stories. So here is that apology – 400 years in the making, and a summary of what we stole.


How NH Was Settled by Mistake Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   

Ming dynasty ruler in the early 1600s

New Hampshire founder John Mason lost a fortune on his New Hampshire colony. Its settlers were supposed to find gold and plant vineyards for wine. That didn’t work. He hoped that his Piscataqua River connected him with Indian traders on the Great Lakes. And in a perfect world, his river went all the way to China.



The Truth About Ocean Born Mary Print Email
Written by J. Dennis Robinson   



According to New Hampshire legend, Ocean Born Mary was born at sea. Her birth saved the life of the passengers from pirates on an early sailing ship. The story involves romance and buried treasure, but alas, it is not true. So many great legends are really just about real estate



More Articles...

  1. The Day Lincoln Died for Me
  2. 4000 Yankees Attack Canada
  3. Portsmouth Genealogy and History Research Archives
  4. Daniel Webster Lost in Portsmouth
  5. Who Really Started Strawbery Banke?
  6. The Secret Room of Uncle Em
  7. David Thomson Vs the Pilgrims
  8. Whittier Died in New Hampshire
  9. First Portsmouth Guidebooks
  10. Best Clam Chowder in the World
  11. How the Governor Lost Three Mansions
  12. The Prescott Sisters Kick Butt
  13. The Deadly Summer of 1912
  14. The Incident at Exeter High
  15. The Day Max Fell
  16. Unfurling the Flags of Paul Jones
  17. Hampton Viking Grave is Hoax
  18. A Big Bridge and a Little Girl
  19. Abbie Hoffman Smoked My Dorm
  20. The Newspaper Riot of 1865
  21. Did Haddocks Settle Maine in 1610?
  22. The Revolutionary Eyes of George Fishley
  23. Guilty Treasures
  24. The New Dying Words of John Wilkes Booth
  25. Rooming with the Love Generation
  26. Reflections on a Painted Wall
  27. Blood on the Snow in Portsmouth
  28. Portsmouth Needs a Visitor Center
  29. De Rochemont Discovers Docudrama
  30. In Search of Primus Fowle
  31. Presidents on Bottle Tops
  32. The Depositor's Tale
  33. Online at Last
  34. Frederick Douglass Comes to Town
  35. The Tarnished Tale of Robert Rogers
  36. Inside the Comic Carpet-Bag
  37. The Shot Not Heard Round the World
  38. How Santa Stole Christmas
  39. The Three Fires of Christmas
  40. The Imaginary Saint
  41. Tobias We Hardly Knew Ye
  42. The Grounding of Betty Hill
  43. The Coffins Under the Street
  44. Going Crazy in Portsmouth
  45. Tracking Passaconaway
  46. Measuring the History Payback
  47. Misty Legends of Sam Haley
  48. The Brief Passage of Maydeth Scott
  49. Guess Who Came to Dinner
  50. What Martin Pring Was Really After
  51. Tapping Old Spirits at Frank Jones Brewery
  52. The Comeback Kidder
  53. The Day History Died
  54. As I Please Index
  55. The Great Myths of Canada
  56. Save the Seal, Keep the Ship
  57. Seacoast Historical Societies


  • History Matters

    J. Dennis Robinson writer logo by Reggin LoganHISTORY MATTERS

    Seacoast History by author / editor J. Dennis Robinson, presented biweekly in collaboration with The Portsmouth Herald. (check the Monday Herald every other week for printed version). In "History Matters" Robinson explores regional history and its connection to modern issues in a dramatic and highly readable style. The author has been writing about the "America\'s Smallest Seacaost" (sm) for over two decades.For up to 100 original aritlces by JDR also click here to visit AS I PLEASE. For the latest news see the Portsmouth Herald online web site just click here.    

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  • As I Please



    The editor ponders history, mostly, in this popular Seacoast column. This index contains over 100 original columns by J. Dennis Robinson. The author has been writing about the "America's Smallest Seacaost" (sm) for over two decades.

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  • Historical Societies

    You will find a small historical society building in almost every town in the Seacoast region. Each is unique, run by its own cluster of local history fans and filled with curios. Most are in great need of funds and volunteer help. If you have more updated links, please send them along, and please -- help preserver your town history before it is too late.

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  • Jesse James Films

    Jesse James by J. Dennis RobinsonTHE DINGUS PROJECT
    Jesse James in the Movies

    At least 50 American films and documentaries include the character of outlaw Jesse James. The Dingus Project is one man\'s attempt to view ALL of those films. Writer J. Dennis Robinson began this project after writing a biography of Jesse James for children -- Jesse James, Legendary Outlaw, published in hardcover and paperback by Compass Point Books.The goal, besides watching a lot of movies, is to provide a quick databse that shows how few of these films are based on fact, and how widespread the "imaginary" view of Jesse James has grown. Thanks to Hollywood, the historic Jesse James has all but disappeared. So far we\'ve obtained copies of over 30 films and documentaries related to Mr/ James and we\'re posting them like crazy in anticipation of the Brad Pitt film to be released in 2007. Sure, it\'s crazy, but so was Jesse.

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