President George Washington had a decision to make – how should the United States protect Americans at sea now that we were free from British reign? From this decision was born the US Navy and USS Constitution. Enter the 1790s and follow the story from the forest in which “Old Ironsides’” timbers grew to her launch as a fully formed frigate. Decide for yourself what kind of ship to build, meet men like Paul Revere who labored to bring her to life, and test your shipyard skills in the Museum’s newest hands-on exhibit. Come explore the evidence and see how the young nation launched a legend.
Take a first look at Forest to Frigate in our gallery below!