Thorwald's Rock

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On the grounds of the Tuck Museum on Park Avenue in Hampton is a small well, covered by a metal grate. At the bottom of this small well is a large rock covered with slashes and grooves that some believe once marked the final resting place of Thorvald (or Thorwald) Ericsson, brother of the famous Viking explorer Leif Ericsson. For more on this Hampton landmark, follow the links below:

Thorvald's Rock

Thorwald's Grave: Fact or Legend?
Thorvald's Rock
An article by John Hirtle of the Atlantic News, October 6, 2006
Thorvald's Tombstone is a Hoax
J. Dennis Robinson of debunks the myth
Boar's Head: Glaciers, Vikings and Erosion
A chapter from Peter Randall's Hampton: A Century of Town and Beach.
Viking Headstone or Big Old Rock?
An article from Hampton Union of October 2, 1998.
Thorvald's Grave: Fact or Legend?
Story and Photographs by David V. Craig, published in New Hampshire Profiles magazine, January 1974.
Viking Grave in Hampton? Surfside Dig Begins
An article about an upcoming archaeological dig at the site, from Hampton Union, Augsut 29, 1973
The Vikings in New England
From "Stories of New Hampshire" by Eva Speare.
The Vikings in Hampton
An article by James W. Tucker from his "Our Town" column, July 26, 1951.
Norse Runic Inscriptions Along the Atlantic Seaboard
Excerpts on the "Hampton stone" from the book by Olaf Strandwold, 1939
Thorvald's Stone Riddle Is Solved
(From an unknown Boston newspaper), 1938
An article by William D. Cram from Hampton's 1938 Tercentenary Booklet.
"Thorvald Rock" Still Remains Unmoved As Scientists Study On
An article from Hampton Union, July 28, 1938
Thorvald's Grave
by William D. Cram, December 2, 1937. An accounting of how it was first discovered.
Norseman's Grave
The 1902 Hamptons Union article by Charles M. Lamprey that first presented the idea that this stone could be the grave of Thorvald.