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Description - Fort Popham is a semicircular granite fort built in 1861 for use during the Civil War. Modifications were made and the fort used again in the Spanish American War and World War 1. Historical records conclude that fortifications, probably wooden, existed here and protected the Kennebec settlements during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. It was nearby that the English made their first attempt to colonize New England in 1607.

Attractions - Fort Popham is a semicircular granite fort built in 1861 for use during the Civil War. Modifications were made and the fort used again in the Spanish American War and World War 1. Historical records conclude that fortifications, probably wooden, existed here and protected the Kennebec settlements during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. It was nearby that the English made their first attempt to colonize New England in 1607.

Recreation - Viewing the historic site may be enjoyed each year between Memorial Day and September 30th. Picnicking and fishing are also enjoyed at this state historic site.

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 Popham is located 15 miles from Bath on SR 209 and is just two miles away is Popham Beach State Park.

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


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Filed By: Sierra Webster (Winthrop, ME)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We went up to popham with 62 kids my age on one single bus... 3 to a seat.

Filed By: Angel Dube-Bonfield
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My father grew up in Bath & my grandparents lived there until their deaths in 1985 & 2006 respectively. I have been to Popham more times than I can count and it never looses its ambiance or beauty. We were most recently there in the off season (March 2006) and saw 3 people other than our group of 8. The temp. was wonderful and the views spectacular. The forts & restaurants were not open of course but it was still a wonderful visit "home" to view the water, the lighthouse, the beach and most of all the breakers off the point. We walked the beach, ran on the sand & my one cousin even braved taking her shoes off to test the waters (which were really cold). I highly reccomend it even in the closed season without the restaurants and crowds, it has a calming quiet that will tough your very soul. I cant think of a better to place to have taken my 8 year old son to see the Maine coast for the first time.

Filed By: Richard and Luanne
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The fort was a last minute side trip that we really enjoyed. The views are breathtaking. You climb (spiral stone stairs) three stories to the top of the fort for a 360 veiw of a working harbor with two lighthouses. The large peices of granite layered without the use of todays heavy equipment is amazing. Lunch at the nearby resturant was well worth the view. Twelve sliding glass doors allowed a harbor view and a breeze. Our two sandwich baskets w/onion rings and coffee cost less than twenty dollars, but a priceless memory. Parking and access to the fort is free, parking is limited 20-25 spaces. There is a small restroom located on the path to the beach to the right of the fort. Plenty of picnic tables. Bring a camera!!

Filed By: Scott
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Off the beaten path but well worth the trip. Very rich in history and perhaps the most beautiful beach you will ever find in Maine. Good fishing too. Don't panic about lunch, theres a nice restaurant right by the fort and a small store.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: it was very interesting to find this on my trip it was cool to find that it never got attact.


More Information

Contact Information:
Fort Popham State Historic Site, c/o Popham Beach State Park, 10 Perkins Farm Lane , Phippsburg, ME, 04562, Phone: 207-389-1335

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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