416 W. Main Street, Fort Kent, ME, 04743 Phone: (207) 834-9040
On a bluff above the river sits the Fort Kent Blockhouse (National Park Service), a wooden fort built in 1838 to repel the invasion from Canada that never came.
It was two stories high and six sided, with small, square windows spaced six to a side. Forty men could have sheltered inside and poured musket fire on anyone attempting to come into the town from the river.
The Blockhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The DESERT OF MAINE, covering 300 acres and surrounded by forests and green farmlands. This miniature Sahara, not unusual in coastal areas, is an example of the worst type of soil erosion.The first patch of sand, noticed in the latter part of the 19th century, was about 30 ft. sq. The sand stratum is present around the 300-acre (1937) area for a radius of six miles. In this circle a top layer of loam is either being covered or worn by frequent sandstorms. Some geologists believe the spot covers the bed of an ancient lake, perhaps formed by glacial deposits, for a glint of mica is apparent in the sand, which is very fine in texture. Sandstorms constantly raise and lower the desert level as the erosion creeps outward, the sand covering everything in its path, creating 30-ft. gullies and high dunes. The tops of trees once 70 ft. high appear as bushes, and strangely enough have survived the ages.
5 Church St, Searsport, ME, 04974 Phone: (207) 548-2529
One of the best small maritime museums that can be found this museum offers collections in: regional watercraft, photography, art, furniture, ship models, navigation instruments, gear, clothing, ships papers and records, genealogy.