Isles of Shoals commemorated in weekend ceremony
Union Leader Correspondent | August 19. 2014 6:14PM
Paul Strand, 53, of Portsmouth, boisterously portrays Capt. John Smith during a ceremony unveiling the monument to honor Smith’s discovery of the nearby Isles of Shoals — which he named Smith’s Isles — in 1614. The granite obelisk at Rye Harbor State Park in Rye includes a rendition of Smith’s map of New England. (John Quinn/Union Leader Correspondent)
RYE monument State and local officials dedicated this granite obelisk at Rye Harbor Beach Park in Rye Thursday to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Capt. John Smith’s discovery of the Isles of Shoals and mapping of coastal New England. John Quinn/Union Leader
This month, Paul Strand of Portsmouth is portraying the 17th-century explorer as New Hampshire marks the 400th anniversary of Smith’s finding the Isles of Shoals.
RYE Bolster Jeffrey Bolster, professor of history at the University of N.H., recalls how Capt. John Smith, who explored and mapped coastal New England in 1614, imagined and promoted a new world, which became a reality. A monument was dedicated Thursday at Rye Harbor Beach Park in Rye to honor the 400th anniversary of Smith’s voyage. John Quinn/Union Leader
RYE detail As waves crash nearby, area residents and officials admire the new monument commemorating the 400th anniversary of Capt. John Smith’s journey to coastal New England in 1614. This granite obelisk at Rye Harbor Beach Park in Rye includes a bronze replica of Smith’s map of the journey. John Quinn/Union Leader