When many people think if ME they think of lighthouses. But did you know there are also many other historical maritime points of interest along the coast? One of the joys of living here on the seacoast is all of the different kinds of history that surrounds us. One of my favorite things to do around here is visit the many historical forts that helped to protect the coastline from invaders throughout our history. Forts range in age from the Revolutionary war to WWII. If you enjoy boating you can view most of these forts from the water. Some forts are not open to the public, or are only open to view by appointment. Others are only accessible by water such as Fort Gorges in Portland, ME. There are some that are open to the public and accessible by car. No matter which Fort you choose to visit, all of them are sure to provide a great afternoon of history and fun!
Out of all the forts along the coastline, Fort McClary is the personal favorite of Nichole #2. This fort is nestled in Kittery Point, ME on Pepperrell Cove. Durring the summer volunteers re-create different war reenactments on the grounds. They also provide live music events!
Fort Foster on Garish Point also located in Kittery Point, ME is the last of the “old forts” built on the Portsmouth/Kittery coastline. It’s lifespan has seen several war times. This fort has access to beaches and is a great place to picnic with the family.
Fort Stark is located in New Castle, NH right on the NH/ME border. This fort includes a museum that is open on the weekends and provides a historical look at Fort Stark and what its purpose was during war times.
Fort Williams is located about an hour north of the Kittery area in Cape Elizabeth, ME and is a great day trip for those of us who live on the southern coast of ME.