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Fort Popham
Phippsburg, Maine


Home > Places to Visit > Historic Forts > Fort Popham

Fort Popham is located at the mouth of the Kennebec River in Phippsburg, Maine.  The fort was named after George Popham - the leader of the Popham Colony that was established nearby.  It is possible that some type of wooden fort existed here during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 - however the evidence is scant at this time.


Outer wall of Fort Popham, Phippsburg, Maine


Construction.
  In 1861, construction started in response to the Confederate Navy building ironclad warships.  The fort was built in a semi-circular design from granite blocks quarried on nearby Fox Island and Dix Island.  The fort had 36 cannon arrayed along two floors of casements.  Construction of the fort was halted in 1869 prior to its completion.

Civil War.  This fort saw no action during the Civil War.  It was built to protect the Bath, Maine shipyards, approaches to the Kennebec River, and the city of Augusta (the state capital).

Spanish American War.  The fort saw additional modifications and was garrisoned in during the Spanish American War.

World War I.  The for was garrisoned during World War I.  Fort Baldwin, located on the headland above Fort Popham was begun in 1905 which made Fort Baldwin obsolete.


Lower level of Fort Popham, Phippsburg, Maine


Directions and Maps to Fort Popham.

10 Perkins Farm Land, Phippsburg, Maine 04562
Phone number during Park Season: (207) 389-1335

The fort is located about 15 miles from Bath on Maine Route 209.  It is just two miles away from Popham Beach State Park.

Google Map Location.  Maine.gov.


Courtyard of Fort Popham, Phippsburg, Maine


Other Web Sites with Information about Fort Popham

Fort Popham State Historic Site.  Maine Department of Conservation.

Fort Popham, Phippsburg, Maine.  Google Earth Hacks.

Fort Popham.  VisitMaine.com.

Map for Fort Popham.  By MapQuest.

Info on Fort Popham.  By Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Fort Popham.  Camden Maine Things to Do.


Lower leve gun emplacements for Fort Popham, Phippsburg, Maine

 

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Spiral Staircase of Fort Popham, Phippsburg, Maine
Spiral Stairway at Fort Popham

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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News Articles, Documents, and Publications about Fort Popham in Phippsburg, Maine

September 25, 2000.  "The Forts of Maine".  By Frederick W. Chesson.

 

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