Fort Halifax

Fort Halifax (HM26RH)

Location: Winslow, ME 04901 Kennebec County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 32.354', W 69° 37.73'

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Oldest Blockhouse in the United States

This blockhouse is the only building that remains of a larger fort complex, built by British-Americans in 1754-1755, to defend the upper Kennebec River Valley from possible attack by the French and their Native American allies.

The Massachusetts Bay Colony (which included Maine at the time) felt threatened by these enemies who could easily travel via Quebec's Chaudiere River and Maine's Dead River to reach English lands in the Kennebec River Valley. When the war between the British and French in North America ended in 1763, there was little need for the fort as a military post, so it fell into private hands and later into disrepair.

In 1966, the State of Maine acquired this blockhouse, which was all that remained of the original fort, and restored it.

In 1987, flood waters rose to eight feet up the side of the fort and its logs floated apart, drifting as far south as Dresden. These were recovered and reassembled, restoring the old block-house to its original appearance.
HM NumberHM26RH
Placed ByMaine Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks and Lands
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 450042 N 4931959
Decimal Degrees44.53923333, -69.62883333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 32.354', W 69° 37.73'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 32' 21.24" N, 69° 37' 43.8" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)207
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 71 Bay St, Winslow ME 04901, US
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