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Civil War Cannon Firing and Observatory Moon Viewing

Posted Aug. 21, 2013, at 11:02 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:46 p.m.

For Immediate Release

Last Civil War Cannon Firing of the Year at Fort Knox

Thunderous blasts await those who come to the Fort Knox State Historic site, Saturday/Sunday, August 24 and 25, from 10 AM until 4 PM, as the 6th Maine Battery Civil War Reenactors, fire off a replica 10-pound Parrott cannon. Visitors will be able to learn how this critical piece of Civil War artillery was loaded, fired and tactically used, during this bloody time of US History. This marks the first time that a cannon firing demonstration will take place at Fort Knox this year. A second cannon firing will take place Columbus Day weekend, in October.

Also, On Saturday, August 24, the Friends of Fort Knox will be staffing the Penobscot Narrows Observatory, from 8 PM until 10:00 PM, to offer visitors an opportunity to view the area in the moonlight. This will be the only time this season that the observatory will be open during a full moon and those interested in this unique experience are encouraged to take advantage of it. Admission to the moonlight viewing in the observatory is $5 per person and tickets may be purchased the evening of the event (clouds or rain will result in cancellation).

The Penobscot Narrows Observatory, located at the Fort Knox State Historic site, is the tallest bridge observatory open to the public in the world. Visitors board an elevator for a quick trip up 420’ feet above the Penobscot River and U.S. Route 1, for extended views of Waldo-Hancock Counties and the Penobscot Bay area.

The Penobscot Narrows Observatory is owned by the Maine Department of Transportation and together with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, jointly managed for the people of Maine. The Friends of Fort Knox provide staffing for the observatory under a separate contract with the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

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