Most southern Mainers know about Fort Popham, a never-finished fort built for the Civil War, which saw some minor action, yet was abandoned in 1869. But my sister Erin introduced me to the much more intriguing Fort Baldwin and abandoned batteries across the river on Sabino Hill. Away from the tourist hubbub, the assortment of crumbing structures waiting to be discovered down a beautiful path in the woods is one of the best Maine secrets I've ever come across. These were built long after Popham was abandoned, around the early 1900s for WW1.
Please forgive these awful pictures - I just got a new phone and was trying out the "retro camera"...I didn't realize how blown out these would be, or that these goofy frames would be on the final photos. I found a much better camera setting - I promise I'll never use this one again.
The wooded path leading to Fort Baldwin
Fort Baldwin - full of dark, damp rooms and passageways to explore. One room had a beautiful brick fireplace, but was too dark to photograph.
The fort and batteries were built against a hill, with stairs to climb up to the roof and the places where cannons were kept.
Sister Erin and family dog Benny
The inside rooms were dark, eerie, beautiful, and not filled with trash and homeless people the way they would be if they were in New York.
Battery Hardman, so pretty with its green pasture of a roof.
Observation tower built for WW2. Erin says it used to be open so people could climb to the top, but it was tightly sealed when we were there.
Obligatory Maine beauty shot.