Fort Point State Park

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Coordinates: 44°28′00″N 68°49′08″W / 44.46667°N 68.81889°W / 44.46667; -68.81889
Fort Point State Park
Maine State Park
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; -68.81889 [1]
Area 120 acres (49 ha)
Established 1974
Management Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Location in Maine
Website: Fort Point State Park

Fort Point State Park, the site of the Fort Pownall Memorial, is a state park at Cape Jellison in Stockton Springs, Maine. The park occupies 120 acres (49 ha) and opened in 1974.[2][3][4]

History[edit]

What is now Fort Point was settled by English colonists in 1759 when Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Pownall brought 400 men to the area under the command of Jedidiah Preble and built Fort Pownall, which was built during the French and Indian War to defend the area against French adversaries. It was strategically built to protect English interests in the Penobscot River area. The fort saw no action during the war and the French threat was eliminated as a result of the war.

In 1775, the British seized and destroyed the Fort in the Burning of Falmouth during the initial stages of the American Revolutionary War.[5]

In 1872, the Fort Point Hotel was built, attracting wealthy guests from across the region, most of whom arrived via steamboat. The hotel burned in the spring of 1898.[6]

The park offers opportunities for picnicking and fishing.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fort Point State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b "Fort Point State Park". Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. Retrieved July 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ Sarnacki, Aislinn (November 21, 2011). "1-Minute Hike: Fort Point State Park, Stockton Springs, Maine". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fort Point State Park". Maine Office of Tourism. Archived from the original on 2013-03-04. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Fort Pownall". Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Fort Point State Park". Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 10 August 2013. 

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