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Historic Forts in Maine

Take a journey to the past at the most renowned historic forts in Maine.

Fort Knox Maine Forts

Don’t let the name fool you – the original Fort Knox is not a US Army base in Kentucky. This “gold housing” namesake may be more known, but the original is actually the Fort Knox, Maine Forts version. Even though it has never been involved in any active battles, the amazing architecture and masterful craftsmanship make it the most visited historic site in the entire state.

Maine Forts

Anyone looking to explore some of our country’s past should consider taking a trip to the most distinguished of the Maine forts. When visiting Fort Knox, discover why this granite wonder is a true icon of living history in the United States with these quick tips:

  • Begin at the Visitor and Education Center
    Learn the history of the site, grab a snack, and get ready to set out on your journey to the past!

  • Take a short walk along the river to the Main Entrance.
    Taking over 25 years to construct, the fort is a symbol of Maine’s initial struggles for freedom from our Northern neighbors.

  • Visit the lower areas – “A” and “B” Batteries.
    Having been built to protect the Penobscot River Valley from British naval attack, this area offers the only glance at the original wharf.

Since 2007, Fort Knox has served as an entry site to the Observation Tower of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. From here, it’s onward to one of the most impressive structures of engineering across the globe – The Penobscot Narrows Observatory. Since its opening, this tower has become one of the more popular state-wide attractions, particularly due its 360 degree view of the entire Pine Tree State landscape!