We invite you to visit a fascinating new museum room and woodland trail at the Beech Hill Country House Hotel. The exhibition and trail, through their stories, images, film and artefacts, evoke the presence of the US Navy and Marine Corps 1942-44 and celebrate the enduring connections between the United States and the People of Derry.
Recently re-discovered images at the US National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland show daily life at the camp and social events with local people. The Beech Hill Country House Hotel has uploaded a selection of these photographs to Flickr. Some of these people have been identified but many more remain nameless. Can you help?
When the United States entered WWII in 1941, the US Navy had already chosen Derry as the location for their Base One Europe. The woodlands and fields around what is now the Beech Hill Country House Hotel were transformed into the main accommodation camp for the Naval Base. The US Marine Corps billeted at the Beech Hill Camp, guarded the US Naval Operating Base, Londonderry.
The Beech Hill Country House Hotel
The Beech Hill has a dramatic history stretching back over 400 years; its stories are brought to life in the museum room and on the woodland trail. Entry to the museum room and trail are free but since the Beech Hill is a working hotel, at times access may be limited and it is recommended that you phone in advance of your visit. A dedicated research room is available for researchers and a small fee is charged for access.
How to Find Us
Beech Hill Country House
Along the main A6 Londonderry to Belfast road take the turning off at Faughan Bridge (Beech Hill signage at the bottom of the hill).
Travel a mile further to Ardmore Chapel.
You will see the Hotel entrance on your left, opposite the Chapel.