Maine’s Fort Knox is the first one, built in Prospeci. on the narrows of the Penob scot River in the mid 1800s. It was con structed to defend the river from another British invasion. Eastern Maine had been attacked and defeated by the British in both land and naval battles during the Revolu tionary War and the War of 1812.
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Designed in the shape of a pentagon, with the capacity for more than 130 can nons, the fort’s armaments were aimed at both sides of the river. Despite a lengthy construction period, the fort was never
Besides being a Maine Slate Historic Site, it is also a United States National His loric Landmark.
Fori Knox is one of the besi preserved old forts on the New England coast. You can access the grounds year round, but the Visitor and Education Center is only open May to October. Entrance lees help the Friends ot Fori Knox maintain the build ings. It is located nexl lo the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory («43). Entrance may be purchased for the fort alone, or for both.
But most say it’s fabulous anywhere, any time. So while you’re in Maine, cook it, eat it, bring home souvenirs emblazoned with it, and perhaps even catch one yourself.
Lobster fishing is a tradition in Maine, which lands around 80 percent of all lobster caught in the United States. Drive the coast, visit an island, or poke down any penin sula and vou w’on’t have to look far to see the signs of lobster culture boats bobbing in harbors; piles of colorful traps stacked in dooryards; signs for lobster pounds and lobster co ops.
Don’t want to work for your supper? How about watching those high powered lobster boats race against each other? There are a number of lobster boat races each summer. Schedules vary year to year, so check online.