Rare tours of World War II watchtower to be held Monday

May 27, 2018

RYE, N.H. (AP) — In a rare instance, a New Hampshire World War II watchtower will be open to the public in honor of Memorial Day.

Tours of the Pulpit Rock Tower will be offered on Monday for visitors. Owned by the state’s Fish and Game Department, the eight-story concrete tower was built during World War II in defense of the New Hampshire Seacoast, particularly the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The tower is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and appeared on a list of seven endangered historic properties worth saving by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.

Volunteers will be available to explain the historic significance of the military tower, which only opens to the public two or three days a year.

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