Description - Constructed between 1844 and 1869, Maine's largest historic fort is strategically located on the narrows of the picturesque Penobscot River. Although it never saw combat, Fort Knox was garrisoned during the Civil and Spanish American Wars. The fort features stunning military architecture and master granite craftsmanship. Visitors are welcome to explore the fort's passageways and view two complete Rodman cannons. Flashlights or lanterns are recommended.
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Fort Knox State Historic Site
- Fort Knox, Maine's largest historic fort, features stunning military architecture and master granite craftsmanship. Constructed between 1844 and 1869, the fort was strategically located on the narrows of the Penobscot River. Although it never saw combat, Fort Knox was garrisoned during the Civil and Spanish American Wars. Visitors are welcome to explore the fort's passageways and many rooms. The fort also features two complete Rodman cannons. Guided tours are available daily during the summer season. Flashlights or lanterns are recommended.
In 1996, Fort Knox underwent a massive restoration project as a result of a joint venture between the state of Maine and the Friends of Fort Knox. Major fundraising efforts preceded the $900,000 restoration project aimed at halting seeping waters and other deterioration.
The Fort is currently building a new visitor center that will be open sometime during the year 2000.
Recreation - This massive fortification is very impressive. It is an intricately designed fort with cannons situated on iron and concrete turntables towering above the Penobscot River. Views of the town, river and bridge are lovely. The fort is open year-round for self-guided tours around the exterior of the fort and down the long dark interior corridors. A flashlight or lantern is highly recommended. Guided tours are offered each year between May and October.
A small concession stand is open during the summer months. Also, Meadow Farms Wildlife Sanctuary is just a few miles south on Rt. 1.
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.
The fort is located on SR 174, just off US 1 west of the Waldo-Hancock Bridge. The fort is visible from the Penobscot bridge.
May through October.