A neat antique Relic from Fort William of Castle Island, Boston, Massachusetts. The Relic is hand carved from an oak beam from the Fort which dates circa 1815, it was carved into a souvenir plaque for the 1940 New York World's Fair and is signed "Souvenir Taken From Castle William Oak beam 125 Years Old, New York World's fair 1940". Fort Independence is a granite bastion fort that provided harbor defenses for Boston, Massachusetts. Located on Castle Island, Fort Independence is one of the oldest continuously fortified sites of English origin in the United States. The first primitive fortification, called "The Castle", was placed on the site in 1634 and, after two re-buildings was replaced circa 1692 with a more substantial structure known as Castle William. It was re-built after it was abandoned by the British during the American Revolution, Castle William was renamed Fort Adams and then Fort Independence. The existing granite fort was constructed between 1833 and 1851. The Oak Plaque measures 12 1/2" high x 11 1/2" wide x 3/4" thick. The plaque was made in several pieces, there is a crack on the circular part but otherwise it is in good condition. This is an interesting relic from an early United States historical Military site.
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