Fort Point State Park

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Fort Point State Park
Maine State Park
Fort point light station.jpg
Country  United States
State  Maine
County Waldo
Town Stockton Springs
Elevation 33 ft (10 m) [1]
Coordinates 44°28′00″N 68°49′08″W / 44.46667°N 68.81889°W / 44.46667; -68.81889Coordinates: 44°28′00″N 68°49′08″W / 44.46667°N 68.81889°W / 44.46667; -68.81889 [1]
Area 156 acres (63 ha) [2]
Established 1974
Management Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Location in Maine
Website: Fort Point State Park

Fort Point State Park is a public recreation area with historic features that overlooks Penobscot Bay from the easternmost tip of Cape Jellison in the town of Stockton Springs, Maine. The state park's 156 acres (63 ha) feature the Fort Point Light and the site of historic Fort Pownall. The park offers hiking trails, picnicking, and fishing.[3][4]

History

The area was settled by English colonists in 1759 when Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Pownall brought in 400 men under the command of Jedidiah Preble to build Fort Pownall during the French and Indian War. The fort, which was meant to strategically protect English interests in the Penobscot River area, saw no action during the war. In 1775, after the British seized the fort's guns in the Burning of Falmouth, rebellious colonists destroyed the blockhouse and filled in its moat to keep it from falling into British hands. In 1872, a 200-room luxury hotel was constructed on the site with the aim of attracting wealthy guests who would arrive mostly via steamboat. The hotel was not a success and burned down in 1898. The site was opened as a state park in 1974.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Fort Point State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ "Outdoors in Maine: State Parks, Public Lands, and Historic Sites" (PDF). Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fort Point State Park". Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ Sarnacki, Aislinn (November 21, 2011). "1-Minute Hike: Fort Point State Park, Stockton Springs, Maine". Bangor Daily News. Act Out with Aislinn. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Fort Point State Park Brochure" (PDF). Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 

External links

  • Fort Point State Park Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
  • Fort Point State Park Brochure Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
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