Telegraph Hill

  • Also Known As: Fort Independence

  • Address: 60 Farina Rd
  • Vicinity: Nantasket Ave
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1776/00/00 During the American Revolution, Patriot forces establish Fort Independence to defend the port of Boston.
1778/08/00 Louis Lebegue Duportail Patriot Chief Engineer Supervised by DuPortail, French Marines from D'Estaing's fleet greatly expand the fort to (presumably) include the hilltop redoubt, detached batteries, a 30-gun water battery, barracks, hospital and cemetery (still visible).
1813/06/01 Chesapeake and the Shannon battle about 20 nautical miles E of Boston Light for less than 12 minutes. The engagement resulted in more casualties than in any other single-ship action in the history of both navies. War of 1812
1813/06/01 Chesapeake and the Shannon battle about 20 nautical miles E of Boston Light for less than 12 minutes. The engagement resulted in more casualties than in any other single-ship action in the history of both navies. Capture of USS Chesapeake
1827/00/00 The first semaphore tower is built in Hull consisting of a mast with painted paddles.
1897/00/00 Fort Revere is acquired as Nantasket Head Military Reservation under the large-scale Endicott program, which initially included seven forts in the Coast Defenses of Boston.
1898/00/00 Fort Revere's batteries are built 1898-1906. The fort remained in service on and off until the end of World War II.
1903/00/00 Hennebique Construction Co Contractor US Government builds a 120 foot high, 25 foot diameter reinforced concrete water tower to hold a 118,000-gallon steel tank to serve Fort Revere. Erected by the Hennebique Construction Co, the tower is one of the earliest concrete water towers in the US. Invention of Reinforced Concrete
1938/00/00 Made obsolete by the arrival of ship-to-shore radio communications, the last telegraph tower is demolished by 1938.

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Particulars for Telegraph Hill:
Area of Significance Communications
Cultural Affiliation European American
Owner Federal
Structure Type Fortification
Area of Significance Historic and non-aboriginal
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Criteria Information Potential
Area of Significance Military
Owner Private



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 76000953
Resource Type:
Owner: Private, Local, Federal
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Historic and non-aboriginal, Military, Communications
Applicable Criteria: Event, Information Potential
Cultural Affiliation: European
Period of Significance: 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1776
Historic Function: Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Fortification
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Domestic, Defense, Funerary
Current Sub-Function: Military facility Cemetery Single dwelling Outdoor recreation

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