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June 2000 -- Page 3
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Lost in time or space? A navy yard tourist gets directions from a naval doctor from the mid 1800s. We didn't get into historic Barracks A, but we'll be back someday to see that fascinating home.
These members of the Old Ironsides militia were touring the historic quarters area. Some of the original barracks date back to the early 1800s.
Among dozens of weekend events was the ceremonial bell tolling service at the old cemetery. This contemplative moment took place just prior to the event.
We got a quick exterior peak at the Portsmouth Prison made famous (but not shown) in the Jack Nicholson film "The Last Detail". At this writing it is still not known whether philanthropist Joe Sawtelle's visionary plans to rehabilitate the old prison into a modern office complex will come to pass.
One of the best kept secrets on the seacoast is the Navy Yard Museum which is now open to the public one Saturday per month at Gate 2 in Kittery. It is a treasure for naval historians and enthusiasts and well worth a visit. It is also the spot where, as it began to rain, we picked up our shuttle bus for the trip back to Portsmouth. As many as 50,000 visitors were on hand per day for a rare glimpse inside "The Yard."
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