Fort Popham State Historic Site

Fort Popham State Historic Site


Location:15 miles from Bath on Route 209 (2 miles from Popham Beach State Park).
Activities:Picnicking, surf fishing.
Special Features:Fort Popham was built solely for the protection of Bath Iron Works and the state capital, Augusta. It was constructed of massive cut granite blocks and is crescent-shaped, with defenses on all sides. Construction began in 1862 for use during the Civil War, but the work stopped in 1869 and the fort was never completed. Modifications were made and it was used again in the Spanish American War and World War I. Historical records conclude that earlier fortifications, probably wooden, had 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. Open Memorial Day-September 30.
Address:10 Perkins Farm Ln
Phippsburg, ME 04562

Phone:207-389-1335
Web: www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/db_search
Size: 4 acres.

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