Last week I visited the newly renovated Fort Sewall for the first time in well over two years. It’s amazing to realize just how much the fort has changed since we moved to Marblehead in May 2008. Early on, I had captured a favorite shot of a tree in a blanket of white snow in front of the red doors. That photo still hangs in my home office but the tree fell years ago and the doors have since been painted white. Then there was the great tree that succumbed to a storm in August 2019.

After a major renovation, I thought it was time for a visit and really enjoyed walking the newly paved path and spotting some of the changes and improvements from the ‘old’ fort. Here you can see just some of the changes with a new path that has two markers where cannons had been placed when the fort played its role in defense. The brick and door have been cleaned of etchings and benches offer a great place to sit and enjoy one of the better views in town.

It wasn’t long before I was imagining July 4th and a crowded Fort Sewall filled with spectators in awe of our annual fireworks show. If you haven’t visited yet, make sure to stop by Fort Sewall and take in the changes and improvements made over the past year.