Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Remember the Maine!

Views from Ft Allen, Eastern Prom, Portland, Maine
Spent some time this afternoon wandering around in Ft Allen Park on the Eastern Promenade in Portland. The Eastern Prom hiking trail is a little over 4 miles one way. Some of the best water views in Portland are here.

5 different forts are visible in the Portland area. Taking the Casco Bay Ferry gives you a view of Fort Scammel, Fort Gorges and the earthworks of Fort Allen. A short drive and you can walk around Fort Preble and Fort Williams. Check out Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Bug Light and Portland Head Light at the same time.

Fort Allen is now beautiful neighborhood park with a bandstand and numerous memorials commemorating a War of 1812 battle off the coast of Maine between the USS Enterprise and the HMS Boxer, the Civil War, the USS Maine (Spanish-American War), the USS Portland (WWII) and local 9/11 first responders and rescue workers. The fort offers access to the Eastern Prom Trail, with parking at a trail head.

Cannon from USS Maine. South Portland, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, Bug Light and Casco Bay Ferry in the background.

Ship's bell from USS Portland.

9/11 Memorial.
 White Cedar Inn Bed and Breakfast 178 Main St Freeport, Maine 04032

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