Great Island Common

Trixie and Pops share the stage with a sculpture that frames the scene at Great Island Common.

Trixie and Pops share the stage with a sculpture that frames the scene at Great Island Common.

Further down Route 1B is Great Island Common. It was once called Camp Langdon, and acted as the barracks for the two forts in New Castle. Today is it my favorite place to take Mum and Pops for a walk in the evening!

There is a nice paved loop of a drive that circles a big field. There’s a playground there that my Boy liked to play around when he was smaller, and to one side of the old pier is a big beach that Pops says has the warmest water in the state. To the other side are plenty of rocks to climb over. And there are picnic tables everywhere for people to sit down and eat. Trixie likes the eating part as much as she likes the walking!

Best of all is the view. You can see Portsmouth Harbor Light and Fort Constitution to the northwest, and Whaleback Light to the northeast, along with the southernmost bits of Maine. On a clear day you can see out to the Isles of Shoals, which is a group of islands far off the coast. And most days you can see boats and ships going in and out of the harbor. In the past, we had seen tankers, submarines, tall ships, and once a section of the old Memorial Bridge being hauled off to the scrap yard in Massachusetts.

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