About CharlestownThe 12 families who lived in this northwestern outpost in 1744 found their position increasingly precarious as King George's War accelerated. In 1746 Abenaki Indian raids confined them to the fortified village, and that winter they abandoned the settlement. Capt. Phineas Stevens and less than 50 provincial soldiers returned in April. Their withstanding a 3-day siege by 700 French and Native Americans was celebrated in Boston.
Charlestown revived as settlers returned to the fertile Connecticut River Valley. During the Revolutionary War the town's wide main streets supposedly served as a training ground for the soldiers of Gen. John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bennington. Main Street has many buildings that date from the late 18th and early 19th century.
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