To the editor:
On Aug. 8, 1775, after a failed attempt to confiscate the livestock owned by Peter Coffin in West Gloucester, the British sloop of war Falcon made her way around Cape Ann to anchor at Gloucester off Pavilion Beach with the intention of pillaging and burning the town to the ground.
It was there that the good citizen soldiers of Gloucester took up arms against Capt. John Linzee and his crew. And it was there that these brave men of Gloucester led by Capt. Joseph Foster defended the town from any serious destruction.
Wouldn't it be in our best interest to possibly have Pavilion Beach designated a National Historic Site to protect it from slipping away into the hands of any out-of-town-owned concerns and lose our public access to our most famous beach?
Janet Foster Marshall