Memorial Arch of Tilton: Tilton’s Arch
Tilton’s Arch in Tilton New Hampshire is officially known as Memorial Arch of Tilton, sometimes referred to as “Tilton’s Folly”. It is located in Northfield, NH. Memorial Arch of Tilton was built in 1882. Memorial Arch of Tilton is a replica of a Roman Arch. The arch was built by Charles Tilton and served as a memorial to his ancestors. The arch measures 55 feet high and 40 feet wide and is made entirely of granite. In the late 1800’s the arch was the only illuminated thing in the area as there was no lights or streetlights at that time. Equipped with gas lights, the Memorial Arch of Tilton could be seen for miles. Charles was the driving force behind The Tilton School. The arch is used for various functions as well as picnics. It is a terrific spot to view Old Home Day fireworks.
Memorial Arch of Tilton was built by Charles Tilton after he was inspired to create a triumphal arch during a visit to Rome a year prior. During his Rome visit Charles saw the Arch of Titus. He was so impressed with the Arch of Titus he decided to build an arch in his own town that was similar to “symbolize the victories of peace rather than those of war.” Charles said.
The odd part of the story of why Charles Tilton built the Memorial Arch of Tilton is that he built the arch monument as a symbol of peace but he built it directly on top of an old Indian fort at the peak of a hill.
Memorial Arch of Tilton was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1980.
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