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Fort Popham

Fort Popham

The Fort Popham State Historic Site feature not only a historic fort but excellent photography opportunities and a chance to see some amazing wildlife. Fort Popham is well-known as a coastal defense land battery. It was one of several forts that were built near the mouth of the Kennebec River over the past three centuries. It’s original construction was approved because of growing concerns about the effectiveness of Confederate naval ships preceding the Civil War. It is composed almost entirely of granite blocks and utilizes a unique crescent shape that spans almost 500 feet in circumference.

Spiral Staircase at Fort Popham

Spiral Staircase at Fort Popham

Construction of Fort Popham was began in 1862, however it was never to be completed as construction ended in 1869. It was to be used to help fortify and protect Maine’s capital, Augusta, from a confederate invasion. The granite needed to complete the 30 foot walls of the fort was taken from the nearby Fox Island and Dix Islands. Within the walls were 36 cannons that were arranged with two separate tiers of casements. Each cannon, individually weighed around 25 tons and could fire shot that would weigh up to 480 pounds. On the opposite, or back, side of Fort Popham a low moated curtain was built that featured 20 musket ports around a central gate. Unfortunately, in 1905 construction began on Fort Baldwin which is located on the headland above Fort Popham. Fort Baldwin was to feature longer-range guns and would immediately render Fort Popham obsolete.

Before Fort Popham, the site was still utilized for military purposes. Originally, a minor fortification was constructed during the American Revolution and in 1808 the Federal Government added a battery that became known as an “embargo fort”. It was actively manned until 1815 and saw action in the War of 1812.

Fort Popham

Fort Popham

The Fort Popham State Historic Site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. However, many visitors grab much more than just a history of Maine’s coastal military tradition on an average visit. Many people enjoy the nearby fishing opportunities that have become well-known for being a great way to spend a day. There are also more photography opportunities than any single person could take advantage of. From the fort architecture itself, to the wildlife and surrounding land. Often visitors snap excellent pictures of otters, seals, and a wide variety of beautiful birds. There are very few areas that are fenced off (for safety reasons), so there is ample opportunity to take a day and just explore the in’s and out’s of the Fort Popham State Historic Site.

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Many people want to make sure that they always have the right flavors on hand for any meal. One of the most popular condiments that can be found on the table is maple syrup. There are many great uses and perks that come along with this particular type of condiment so take a closer look and find out.

There are many different gifts out there that usually include this type of syrup. This is simply due to the fact that it does give everyone what they need to have fun with the gift. Look for these gift baskets and even choose to find your own bottle that you can give to the one that loves this condiment the most.

Of course maple syrup is always great for the pancakes and the waffles that people like to consume on a daily basis. Take the time to make sure that you have the very best, especially if you have had people coming over and staying the night. You will want to make sure that you impress them with your taste and knack for cooking a full meal.

You might even get the chance to learn how to make this syrup all on your own. There are different kits and recipes that anyone can look into so that they can make their own products. Try this out a couple of times and find out what the ending result is.

The internet is a great place to find the right gifts and products. Even the hard to find products can be located here so make sure that you take advantage of different sites and prices. Do a simple search and see what comes from that.

It is very easy to find the top maple syrup products that people love to have. Those who are looking for the right buys should start looking. Keep in mind, there are great gifts as well that you should be able to enjoy.

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