Friends of Fort Knox seek volunteers for cleanup

Posted April 13, 2012, at 5:03 p.m.
Last modified April 13, 2012, at 5:45 p.m.

PROSPECT, Maine — Volunteers are needed to team up with the Friends of Fort Knox and the Civil War Preservation Trust to help clean the Civil War-era State Historic Site 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 21. The cleanup is part of a nationwide effort — dubbed Park Day — that is being underwritten with a grant from The History Channel. In exchange for their work, volunteers will receive T-shirts and have an opportunity to learn about the historic site they help to clean.

Volunteers are needed to sweep, rake and ready Fort Knox for its opening on May 1. Helpers are asked to bring rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, leaf blowers, tarps and work gloves. For information about Park Day at Fort Knox, call 469-6553 or email FOFK1@aol.com.

In light of a recent lease agreement signed with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands that expands existing management agreements at the fort to include all grounds maintenance, the Friends are seeking the donation of unwanted tools, including hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, saws, ladders, wet vacuums, brooms, shovels and rakes.

Another Friends-sponsored event will take place Saturday, May 12, featuring the reopening of a long-closed powder magazine within the fort. The powder magazine was restored last year by the Friends and will have interpretive displays on view. Tom Desjardin, the Bureau of Parks and Lands’ state historian, provided assistance in the development of the powder magazine interpretive display.

For information, visit http://fortknox.maineguide.com. Fort Knox is owned by the people of Maine and supervised by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

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