(Prospect) The Friends of Fort Knox Board of Directors has approved the commissioning for the writing of a new book on the History, of the 19th Century seacoast fortification. Fort Knox is a National Historic Landmark and State Historic site, located on the banks of the Penobscot River, in Prospect, Maine.
The author selected to pen the new book is Liza Gardner Walsh, who has worked as a children’s librarian, a high school English teacher, writing tutor, museum educator and holds an MFA in writing from Vermont College. She has written The Fairy House Handbook, The Fairy Garden Handbook, as well as Haunted Fort: The Spooky Side of Fort Knox. She lives in Camden, Maine with her family.
There had been a previous book written on Fort Knox, Fort Knox Fortress In Maine, by John Cayford (deceased), which was published in 1983, but is now out of print.
Friends of Fort Knox executive director, Leon Seymour, said “The organization is very excited about this project and hopes the creation of this book will serve as an educational resource for generations to come.” Seymour indicated the book would touch on a number of topics beyond the story of the Fort, including the story of the Friends of Fort Knox, geologic history of the site and military activity in the region. He added that we also want to reach out to families that would be able to relate generational memories of their experiences at the Fort.
Fort Knox was constructed; because Maine was repeatedly involved in northeast border disputes with British Canada, and the area between Castine and the rich lumber city of Bangor was invaded and occupied by the British during the American Revolution and the War of 1812. Despite the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842, Fort Knox was established in 1844 to protect the Penobscot River valley against a possible future British naval incursion.
The Friends hope that the book will be completed and ready for distribution by the spring of next year. Individuals who are interested in being interviewed by the author to share family memories about the Fort may email FOFK1@aol.com or write to the Friends of Fort Knox, PO Box 456, Bucksport, Maine, 04416.