Today is the birthday of Uncle Sam Wilson who was born on this day in 1766 in the town of Arlington, MA. As a boy, he witnessed Paul Revere’s famous Midnight Ride and served as a courrier for the Committees of Safety. He and his family moved to Mason, NH where Sam spent his boyhood years. At the age of 22, Sam along with his older brother, Ebeneezer walked to Troy, NY to seek their fame and fortune. Sam started a brick making factory and a meat packing business. During the War of 1812, he had a contract to supply meat for the military. He marked his meat barrels with the initials U.S. and the rest is history.
Campers and staff have visited the Uncle Sam House in Mason, NH. Here is a link to the video “A Walk Through the Uncle Sam House