Travel to New England was so common by 1623 that it was decided a government would form in New England, especially to help enforce it’s trading monopolies. (9)

Land was granted by the Council of New England and David Thompson, friend of Fernando Gorges, who built a house in the spring of 1623 at a place known by the Natives as Panaway, also “Little Harbor,” “Great Island.” It was later changed to Odiorne Point named after John Odiorne.

Much is written about this early location. It’s significance is the earliest year-round residence in the Piscataqua region and the State of New Hampshire.

While David Thompson left for the Boston area and passed away shortly after, many prominent men were chosen by Mason and Gorges passed through here. Many became founding fathers of the Piscataqua region: Captain Walter Neal, Thomas Cammock, Henry Jocelyn, and Edward Godfrey, Humphrey Chadbourne, Robert Gorges, Admiral Francis West, and Christopher Levett.

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