Seacoast Monument #3|
Smith Monument (Continued)
Star Island, NH
The Smith Monument looked pretty bad at the turn of the 20thy century
too. This postcard shows the weather beaten 1864 monument after the top
pedestal had broken off, but before it was renovated in 1914. Notice
that the "modern" plaque has not yet been added at this time.
Hold your nose! The smell of the seagull droppings on the monument is
powerful. This plaque was added in 1914 and, for those with a solid
stomach, tells the tell of Capt. John Smith who "discovered" these Isles
The cement patches have fallen apart again due to the harsh conditions
on the Isles of Shoals, and the monument is now in worse repair than it
was 100 years ago.
The original granite posts and iron rails from 1864 have deteriorated so
badly that the top sections have come loose and are unlikely to survive
much longer. The whole monument has become as fragile as Capt. Smith's
place in the history of New England.
Digital photos by J. Dennis Robinson
© 1999 SeacoastNH.com
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