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Situated on a point of land at the mouth of the Pemaquid River in Bristol. Extensive archaeological excavations have unearthed 14 foundations of 17th and 18th century structures and the officers' quarters for Fort William Henry and Fort Frederick. A museum displays hundreds of artifacts found on the site' dating from prehistoric times through the colonial period. Musket balls' coins' pottery' and early hardware are among items of interest. The site includes a reconstruction of Fort William Henry' which also houses museum exhibits. Guided tours are available during the summer months. Telephone: Summer season (207)677-2423; off-season (207)624-6075.
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. Telephone (207)469-7719.
In one form or another' was active during five wars' from the American Revolution to World War I. The buildings on site represent several different periods of construction as the fort was up-graded to meet the area's defensive needs. Picnic facilities are available. Telephone (207) 384-5160.
Katahdin Iron Works
The site of a once thriving iron works built in 1843. A restored blast furnace and charcoal kiln remind visitors of an effort that produced nearly 2'000 tons of raw iron annually for half a century. Charcoal was made in fourteen kilns consuming 10'000 cords of wood a year. Telephone (207)941-4014.
With its main feature of a wooden block house' was constructed in 1839 to secure Maine's claim to the northern forest following the Aroostook War. The fort was named for Maine's Governor Edward Kent. This site is at the confluence of the St. John and Fish Rivers and is adjacent to a picnic area and campsites managed by the local Boy Scout troop. Telephone (207) 941- 4014.
The Kittery Outlets
Kittery is home to more than 120 designer outlet stores' the famous Kittery Trading Post and Weathervane Seafood Restaurant. Experience the fun of shopping with everyday savings of 20 to 70% off retail prices - on first quality merchandise! Telephone (888) KITTERY
Very little needs to be said about L.L. Bean. It is the premier outdoor apparel store that made Freeport' Maine famous. L.L. Bean has been in business since 1912 and is open 24 hours a day' 365 days a year and is surrounded by 170 designer outlets' specialty stores' inns and eateries. Telephone (800) 865-1994.
One of Maine's most popular tourist attractions is actually multiple attractions. More than 60 lighthouses dot the coast of Maine and thousands of people come from all over the world to see them. For more information about lighthouses see the 1999 issue of Maine Invites You.
Acadia National Park
Visited by approximately 3 million people each year. It is comprised of 41'000 acres of rock-bound coast on Mount Desert Island' a portion of the Schoodic Peninsula on the mainland' and off-shore islands. It offers 120 miles of hiking trails' including trails to the summit of Cadillac Mountain' 50 miles of carriage trails' 27 miles of paved roads and two campgrounds. Telephone (207) 288-3338.
Maine Wildlife Park
A variety of Maine wildlife is on exhibit at the Gray facility for the education and appreciation of visitors of all ages. The Maine Wildlife Park interpretation building offers interactive exhibits and displays to increase the public's awareness and knowledge of Maine's wildlife resources and the programs for which the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is responsible. Telephone (207) 657-4977.