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Fort Preble

South Portland, ME
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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English first
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

A central feature of the Spring Point Shoreway, the remains of Fort Preble form an architecturally interesting backdrop for a leisurely stroll along Casco Bay with stunning views of Maine's famed islands and Spring Point Light, one of few lighthouses regularly open to the public.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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189 attraction reviews
1,104 helpful votes 1,104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Although not staffed with docents, Fort Preble is interesting-enough to warrant a visit on an outing to view lighthouses in the Greater Portland area. It is located adjacent to Spring Point Ledge Light and has Portland Harbor Museum within its boundaries on the campus of Southern Maine Community College. So, you get three attractions on this one stop; and, that... More

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South Portland, Maine
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Located on the grounds of Southern Maine Community College. See the granite walls, the locations where cannons once protected Portland Harbor. Look across the harbor to Fort Gorges, and House Island (Fort Trammel), or south towards Portland Headlight that George Washington ordered to be built. During the Civil War, and early wars, 32 pound cannons protected the harbor. No, the... More

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New England, North Dakota
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

It's beautiful here. Things to do: picnic Sketch, photograph Jump small waves Throw rocks in water Explore old fort remnants Fly kites Snorkel Visit the lighthouse Play frisbee, wiffle ball, tag, etc (BYOToys) Excellent spring, summer, fall outing AND its FREE!

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Portland, Maine
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241 attraction reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This fort on the Southern Maine Community College campus was built in 1808 and named in honor of Commodore Edward Preble. During the Civil War, it saw action during a Confederate raid in June 1863. It is reachable by land. Public access is free. Limited public parking is nearby. A portable toilet is onsite. The fort is now decrepit. Its... More

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Top Contributor
341 reviews 341 reviews
131 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Here is the Spring Ledge lighthouse and the So Maine Technical College. Look for the tiny historic cemetary on the college grounds. Great bike riding spot.

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