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Fort Gorges, Portland

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#3 of 6 in Historic Sites in Portland
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Fort Gorges is a former United States military fort built on Hog Island Ledge in Casco Bay, Maine. Built from 1858 to 1864, no battles were fought there and no troops were stationed there. Advancing military technology, including iron clad ships and long range guns, made the fort obsolete before it could be used. The fort is now a park, accessible only by boat. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
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  • Saw this for on a Casco Bay cruise and heard its history from the cruise narrator. Beautiful mililtary fort- even if seen from a passing bay cruise. If I come back I would do an actual tour of it.  more »
  • Fun to look out from the mainland at this old fort. Our guide on the fire truck tour told us the greenery on top was poison ivy, but I don't really believe him.  more »
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  • We kayaked out to Fort Gorges on a beautiful day and had a picnic and explored. We left from Eastern Promenade and it took about 20 minutes to paddle out to the fort. I know many people see this beautiful fort in Casco Bay and wonder what's on the inside. Don't be afraid to hop in kayak on a nice day and see it for yourself. Bring a flashlight and some comfortable shoes. The Fort is maintained but there are some obstacles which will need to be avoided.
  • I just explored Fort Gorges with Paul, from the Friends of Fort Gorges. What a wonderful and exciting experience. The fort is an important part of our history. The architecture and intricate design, the materials used and the craftsmen who forged through our changing Maine weather, the soldiers who worked and lived in this fortress. The fort gives you a peak into our history as well as spectacular views of Casco Bay, the islands, the city of Portland and three light houses. Paul is very knowledgeable and passionate about Fort Gorges, he provides an outstanding tour. A must see tour. Pam

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