Cape Jellison

Cape Jellison

Cape Jellison is a 1600 acre peninsula that jettisons into Penobscot Bay off the coast of Maine. In colonial times it was known as Wasaumkeag Point. It is part of the town of Stockton Springs, nestled between Searsport and Bucksport in the upper mid-coast region of the state. It was the site of the first port facility built by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad.

Fort Point State Park

Maine's 120 acre Fort Point State Park is located on Fort Point, a smaller peninsula running eastward from the cape, and includes both the colonial era Fort Pownall and the Fort Point Light Station. [cite web | title = Fort Point State Historic Site | publisher = State of Maine, Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks & Land | url = http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/doc/parks/find_one_name.pl?park_id=33 | accessdate = 2007-11-04 ]

In 1760, Massachusetts governor Thomas Pownall led the construction of a fort here, which he named Fort Pownall after himself. It was intended to secure the area for European settlement by driving off the remaining Noridgwoak and Penobscot Indians. No battles took place at the fort. In 1775, British forces seized the cannons and powder. Later, a regiment of continental soldiers burnt the blockhouse and filled in most of the ditches to prevent use by the British. [cite web | title = Fort Pownall | publisher = State of Maine, Department of Conservation, Bureau of Parks & Land | date = 2004-12-02 | url = http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/history/fortpownall/pownall.htm | accessdate = 2007-11-04 ]

On the eastern end of Cape Jellison and the west side of the mouth of the Penobscot River is the Fort Point lighthouse. This station was established in 1836 and automated in 1988. [cite web | title = Fort Point Light | work = New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide | publisher = Jeremy D'Entremont | date = 2007-07-26 | url = http://www.lighthouse.cc/fortpoint/ | accessdate = 2007-11-04 ]

External links

* [http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/history/fortpownall/fortpointmap.jpgMap of Fort Point State Historic Site]

References


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