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Description - Fort Edgecomb was built to protect picturesque Wiscasset, once the most important shipping center north of Boston. This octagonal 1808 blockhouse and restored fortifications overlook the Sheepscot River, where harbor seals and osprey are often seen. Photographing the harper seals and nesting osprey are popular attractions.

Attractions - Fort Edgecomb was built to protect picturesque Wiscasset, once the most important shipping center north of Boston. This octagonal 1808 blockhouse and restored fortifications overlook the Sheepscot River, where harbor seals and osprey are often seen.

Recreation - Viewing historical sites and wildlife are the two most popular recreations as this seasonal site. Nature photography of the harbor seals and nesting osprey attract a number of visitors.

Climate - The summer vacation haven of Mid Coast Maine sees winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (below -12 Celsius) and average summer temperatures above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). The Mid Coast Region receives on the average less than 38 inches (97 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - Fort Edgecomb may be accessed by taking US 1 south to the Edgecomb end of the Wiscasset bridge, then turning right.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.


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Filed By: A Maine Resident (Brunswick, ME)
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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Although not officially open during the winter, you'll enjoy a long walk along the road leading up to the Fort. It's especially beautiful sitting on the bench, early morning, watching the sun come up. Listening to the "silence" -- is mesmerizing. The Fort stands as a silent beacon to history and you are left wondering, just who stepped in your footsteps before. A wonderful place to picnic, particularly when wildlife is active in the waters surrounding the area.

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Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Wiscasset is a neat place to visit between kayaking, hiking, or fishing expeditions. Last year, even PBS did a segment on its famous diners of America series about the best lobster roll in Maine sold right on the docks of the Sheepscot River. Wiscasset is famous for its antique stores, its lunch counter general stores, its pleasant inns with dining rooms overlooking the river, art galleries,and historic houses from the 19th century built by Maine's merchant shippers. Fort Edgecomb is just across the bridge and a good place to see a colonial America fort still intact, grab a picnic, or relax. For a sample of a picture see the Maine State website or the Sheepscot River Pottery site for the deep colors which makes this place particularly dreamlike.


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Contact Information:
Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site, 66 Fort Road , Edgecomb, ME, 04556, Phone: 207-882-7777

Additional Information:
Maine's Historic Sites -
Mid Coast Region - Mid Coast Maine may be the busiest of the coastal vacation spots with literally thousands of tiny rock laden coves and islands along the Atlantic Ocean.

Links:
Maine State Parks - Official Agency Website

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