Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Observatory open early

Posted April 25, 2012, at 5:26 p.m.
The observatory atop the Penobscot Narrows Bridge will open two days earlier than planned at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 29.
The observatory atop the Penobscot Narrows Bridge will open two days earlier than planned at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 29. Buy Photo

The Friends of Fort Knox have announced that the Fort Knox State Historic Site and Penobscot Narrows Observatory, will open two days earlier than planned at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 29.

The Friends recently signed a three-year lease agreement with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands assuming all management functions for the State Historic site. Friends staff operates the Penobscot Narrows Observatory under a separate contract with the Maine Department of Transportation.

Friends executive director, Leon Seymour said in a press release that the recent good weather has allowed operations staff to get a good jump start on opening procedures for the fort. The Maine Department of Transportation has been busy preparing the observatory for the coming season.

Fort Knox and the observatory will remain open daily through Oct. 31. The Fort opens daily at 9 a.m. and remains open until sunset. The observatory remains open until 5 p.m., except during July and August, when hours extend until 6 p.m.

Another new development will be taking place at the attraction this year. Recent the Friends’ board of directors approved funding for additional weeks of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

Historically, the Maine Department of Transportation has illuminated the bridge from July through Labor Day. The Friends funding will allow bridge illumination from June 21 and after Labor Day, through Halloween. The Friends Board made this decision to increase the potential positive effect for local businesses.

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