(Prospect, Maine) -The Fort Knox state historic site and Penobscot Narrows Observatory, began their six month long season for the public, Thursday, May 1st. 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 up to 420 feet, above the Penobscot River. Once at the top of the observatory, glass panels that stretch from the ceiling to the floor, in all directions, greet visitors. Views from the observatory are breathtaking as visitors take in expansive views of Penobscot Bay and beyond.
After experiencing the observatory, visitors may then drive up to the main parking lot for Fort Knox, to begin a journey back in time. People marvel at the enormity of the granite fortification and the skill of the craftsmen who erected the structure without the advantage of modern tools. Children and adults love to explore the dark tunnels and on occasion, scaring each other by popping out from a hidden recess.
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 reenactments. The Friends’ event schedule and admission fees to the attraction may be found on the web at fortknox.maineguide.com.
New this year, at the Observatory is a new party pavilion. The pavilion can easily handle 100 guests and comes with running water, gas grill and picnic tables. The reservation fee is $100 during operating hours and $200 for three hours, after operating hours. After operating hours beer/wine may be served by an insured/licensed bartender.
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 to FOFK1@aol.com
The Friends of Fort Knox work in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands and manage the historic site on behalf of the people of Maine.