Penacook, New Hampshire: Hannah Duston Massacre Site Statue

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Address:
Commercial St., Penacook, NH
Directions:
I-93 exit 17. Drive west one mile on US Hwy 4. Cross the river and you'll see a small Park and Ride lot on the left. A footpath from the lot crosses a railroad trestle onto the island and leads to the statue. If the lot is full, continue west on US Hwy 4, turn left onto Harris Hill Rd/Tremont St., then left again onto Commercial St. This will take you to the trestle, where you can park and walk to the statue. Lots of mosquitoes at dusk and dawn.
Admission:
Free.
RA Rates:
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Hannah Duston statue.

Hannah Duston Massacre Site Statue

The first non-allegorical woman to get a statue in America. It marks the spot where a kidnapped pioneer mom turned the hatchet on her murdering captors.

Roadsideamerica.com Report... [04/17/2009]

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Hannah Dustin statue.

Hannah Duston Statue

My family and I were on one of the scenic bike tours. We came upon the Hannah Dustin statue, and I'm not aware if anyone knows what happened to it. We were all very sad to see that somebody would do that.

[Elizabeth A Howlett, 09/10/2020]

Hannah Duston was kidnapped during a 1697 Abenaki raid. The raiders killed her baby, so she killed nine of them (six of them children). The 1874 statue of Hannah is supposedly the first in the U.S. to a real woman. It has been vandalized many times.

Hannah Dustin statue.

Hannah Dustin Statue - Nose Job

The statue appears to have been cleaned up a little -- which makes the contrast between her nose and the rest of her face stronger. Her nose is currently intact, although rather black and frost-bitten in appearance. Aside from a good view of the rhinoplasty, from this angle she seems to be smiling a little in anticipation of the scalp bounty.

[P Chris Pistorius, 08/25/2010]

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