Monday, August 26, 2013; 7 p.m.
Location: Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast, ME
Contact: Megan Pinette; 207 338 9229
“The Archaeology of Fort Richmond” is the topic for the Belfast Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 26, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library. Leith Smith, staff archaeologist with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will present photographs and historical information about the excavation site. Archaeologists are trying to learn as much as they can about Fort Richmond, located in Richmond, Maine near Augusta, before the site is lost to the construction of a new bridge across the Kennebec River. A pre-Revolutionary War military garrison was first built on the site in 1721 to protect early settlers from Indian raids and a much larger fort was built over the first fort in 1740. Information about Fort Richmond remained a mystery until 2011, when an extensive archaeological dig began to unearth artifacts and the structure of the fort. Since work began, walkways, walls, chimney bases, cellars and a cistern have been found.
Belfast Historical Society meetings are free and open to the public and are held on the fourth Monday of the month, April through October. For more information, visit www.belfastmuseum.org.