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(Wikipedia) Fort Edgecomb, built in 1808-1809, is a two-story octagonal wooden blockhouse and restored fortifications located on Davis Island in the town of Edgecomb, Lincoln County, Maine, United States. It is also known as Fort Edgecomb State Historic Site. On October 1, 1969, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places and on December 22, 1991, its boundaries were increased to create an historic district.

The fort was built as part of the U.S. second system of fortifications, guarding the then-important port of Wiscasset, not only for its defense, but also to prevent ships from breaking the embargo. Thomas Jefferson’s Embargo was not popular with American merchants, and it is said that the only time Fort Edgecomb’s cannon were fired was in salute at James Madison’s inauguration (or, less tactfully, to celebrate his lifting of the Embargo).
During the War of 1812, this post saw considerable activity holding British prisoners of war, many of them brought to Wiscasset harbor by American privateersmen. In 1814, Fort Edgecomb became an important base in defending against a possible British attack on mid-coast Maine. It remained manned until 1818, and was reactivated during the Civil War.
The Friends of Fort Edgecomb celebrated the bicentennial of the Fort June 13, 2009, on the grounds of the fort.

I’ve been an amateur photographer for as long as I can remember, which at my age is about a couple of weeks! I’ve owned film cameras from Zeiss, Scheider, Leica, Nikon and Olympus, as well as digital cameras from Pentax and Canon, and still have several, if I can ever find them. I currently use a Sony NEX-5N with an 18-55mm zoom lens, and after a year of ownership am still learning all the functions.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 2 years ago

    Fantastic bit of history, super find …

  • Thanks, Tom. What a contrast between Menzies Castle and Fort Edgcomb!

    – David Davies

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesover 2 years ago

    Wonderful David! Love all the history you included too. There is no place in the world like Maine.I miss it when I am in Florida for the winter.

  • How strange, we went to Maine for the winter! Or at least a few days of it, on our way home from MA. LOL

    – David Davies

  • Graeme  Hyde
    Graeme Hydeover 2 years ago

    Nice Image

  • Thanks, Graeme!

    – David Davies

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 2 years ago

    A great shot David . x

  • Thank you, Irene!

    – David Davies

  • Rene Fuller
    Rene Fullerover 2 years ago

    cool looking Fort :) never seen one like that… What model camera did you use?

  • Interesting, Isn’t it! I use a Sony NEX-5N.

    – David Davies

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago


    ( To help us tidy up the group it would be appreciated if you could remove as many of your older works as possible – Thanks Audrey )
    If you have already done this THANK YOU

  • Thanks, Audrey. Already done.

    – David Davies

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 2 years ago

    Great write-up to this very interesting looking Fort David.

  • Thank’s, Roy, it is a fascinating old building, isn’t it.

    – David Davies

  • trish725
    trish725over 2 years ago

  • Thank you so much, Trish.

    – David Davies

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 2 years ago

    An interesting building and a great write up.

  • Thank you, Lilian, it’s quite the place, isn’t it!

    – David Davies

  • Adrian Evans
    Adrian Evansabout 2 years ago

    great looking building, nicely done DD

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