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5 Fun Facts About August 27 In New Hampshire History

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1. On August 27, 1908, the New Hampshire State Fair opened for the first time in its new location in Portsmouth. The fair, which is still held annually, features agricultural exhibits, carnival rides, and live entertainment.

2. In 1953, August 27 was declared "Old Home Week" throughout the state of New Hampshire. The week was established to celebrate the state's heritage and encourage residents to return to their hometowns and reconnect with family and friends.

3. On August 27, 1918, New Hampshire native and Army nurse Mary Josephine O'Brien was killed in France during World War I. O'Brien had been tending to wounded soldiers in the field when she was hit by a German shell. She was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for her bravery.

4. The town of Hampton, New Hampshire was incorporated on August 27, 1639. Originally settled by the Puritans, the town grew into a popular resort destination in the 1800s and is now known for its beaches and seafood.

5. On August 27, 1781, the Revolutionary War Battle of Groton Heights took place in Connecticut, just over the New Hampshire border. The battle saw British forces burned down a Patriot fort, killing or capturing many of the defenders. Among the casualties was New Hampshire native Colonel William Ledyard, who famously surrendered his sword to the British commander before being killed with it.
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