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Fort McClary State Historic Site
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Fort McClary State Historic Site
Description - Fort McClary, in one form or another, was active during five wars, from the American Revolution to World War I. The buildings on-site represent several different periods of construction as the fort was upgraded to meet the area's defensive needs. The fort is located in Southern Main off US 1 and the Maine Turnpike.

Attractions - When travelers visit Maine, especially for the first time, often they expect to see the much talked about rugged dark stone shores with cold crashing waves framed by beautiful blue skies, crystal ocean waters and small islands occupied with historic lighthouses. Most folks venture off Interstate 95 onto US 1 with those expectations in mind. Their dreams quickly vanish when they are surrounded by bustling tourist traps in an area that deceivingly appears landlocked. By weaving around a few short streets, visitors will come upon this historic fort located along a neighborhood street. It is open year-round if you consider parking at the street and walking around the entrance gate. You will not be disappointed with the view. It is everything read or seen about Maine's famous coastline.

Recreation - Fort McClary, in one form or another, was active during five wars, from the American Revolution to World War I. The buildings on-site represent several different periods of construction as the fort was upgraded to meet the area's defensive needs. Touring Fort McClary and enjoying an outdoor meal at a relaxing picnic grove is available each year between Memorial Day and September 30th. Visitors may actually view the area, including the exterior of the fort, throughout the year by parking outside the entrance and walking around the gate.

Climate - The year-round vacation spot of the Southern Maine Coast Region experiences daytime winter temperatures above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 Celsius). Similar to the Greater Portland and Mid Coast Regions, summer daytime temperatures average a pleasant 68 degrees (20 Celsius) or slightly above. The region receives an average of 40 - 44 inches (102 - 112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - Fort McClary State Historic Site is located 2.5 miles from US 1 and Maine Turnpike on Kittery Point Road (SR 103 -- turn at rotary).

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Memorial Day Weekend through September.

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Filed By: Steve (Exeter, NH)
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Report: One of the interesting things about my first trip there was experience paranormal activities, it was around 10:00pm+ that me and a couple of friends were there, and you could hear foot steps following you sometimes, voices could be heard, most similar things heard were "Get out", could hear cryings and screams sometimes and also grunts from the Cooking House, if u step in between the cooking house and that wooden building that the admiral built for his daughter and mistress, u could mostly hear things in that area and experience some vibes or feelings. also could sometimes see the Riflemen pacing around the place. One can be seen ontop of the staircase near the cooking house, also near the riflemen's houses, i believe there is 2 in the whole site, but the other is not up anymore all u could see is the left overs of bricks in a rectangular shape in which the building took place, also in the tunnels, which i did not go in, but friend did who has been here many of times, experience alot of freaky things, like pushing and touching feelings, alot of things seen through those tunnels... was a weird experience.

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Contact Information:
Fort McClary State Historic Site, 28 Oldfields Road , South Berwick, ME, 03908, Phone: 207-384-5160

Additional Information:
Maine's Historic Sites -
Southern Maine Coast Region - This area is known as the gateway to Maine. It has an urban feel that is unlike the northern inland and upper coastal regions.

Maine State Parks - Official Agency Website

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