Fort Knox and Penobscot Observatory to open Sunday

Posted April 29, 2011, at 6:42 p.m.

PROSPECT, Maine — The Fort Knox state historic site and Penobscot Narrows Observatory will open to the public on Sunday, May 1.

The two-for-one attraction boasts the tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world. In addition, Fort Knox represents one of the best-preserved seacoast fortifications in the United States.

Visitors to the observatory drive to the structure’s base to walk a short distance and then board an elevator that whisks them 420 feet above the Penobscot River. At the top of the observatory, glass panels that stretch from the ceiling to the floor give visitors expansive views in all directions.

Visitors may then drive up to the main parking lot for Fort Knox to explore the granite fortification.

One individual admission fee pays for both attractions, though some may wish to visit the fort only, in which case it is a fort-only admission. There are picnic areas and grills at the fort, as well as a Visitor and Education Center, gift shop and restrooms at both attractions.

The Friends of Fort Knox sponsor many special events throughout the season including Pirate Day, Shakespeare, Civil War cannon firings and re-enactments.

The Friends’ event schedule and admission fees to the attraction may be found at fortknox.maineguide.com.

Those wishing to book large events such as weddings, are asked to contact the Friends of Fort Knox by telephone at 469-6553 or by email at FOFK1@aol.com

The Friends of Fort Knox work in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands which manages the historic site.

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