Exhibit: Fort Halifax
Text by John Thurber
Images from Maine Historical Society
Built at the confluence of the Kennebec and Sabasticook rivers, over twenty years before the American Revolutionary War, Fort Halifax predates the birth of our nation. The fort was commissioned by Governor Shirley of Massachusetts, but named for the Earl of Halifax, who worked in the Treasury Department in England.
Being part of the Massachusetts colony, Maine was a buffer between the French controlled Canada and the British colonies in America. As an outpost in the wilderness of Maine, Fort Halifax was built at the outset of the conflict now called the French and Indian war.
Over two hundred and thirty years later the fort was reconstructed after a severe flood on April 1, 1987. The rebuilding of the fort included a number of original timbers and has been preserved for future generations as an important landmark in central Maine.
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