Cape Elizabeth, Maine

On one of our last days in New England Sarah and I, as well as her parents, ventured northward to Maine for a family member’s wedding. We would wind up in Portland, which is an absolutely beautiful place that I hope to visit again. Keeping in theme with just about every ounce of New England, Portland, and Maine in general are chalk full of history. While our time was rather limited, and we hardly even scratched the surface of things to do, the one stop we made was to the town of Cape Elizabeth. Cape Elizabeth is named after King Charles I sister Elizabeth, and has a population under 10,000, though feels even smaller.

Once in town, we set off for Fort Williams Park which is home to some very cool World War I and World War II structures, as well as Maine’s oldest light house, Portland Head Light. Under the direction of President McKinley, Fort Williams was created as a sub-post of Fort Preble. The primary purpose of establishing Fort Williams was for the sake of protecting the shoreline, and acting as harbor defense for Portland. While I find just about every aspect of American history fascinating, I have always been a sucker for anything World War I & II related and had an absolute blast exploring the park.

One of the remaining structures of Fort Williams.

Another view of the building.

The backside of one of the batteries.

Looking outside through one of the small windows inside of a room within the battery.

The view once on top of the structure.

Exploring the area around the park.

A view from the “beach” portion of the park. You can somewhat see the battery in the top left section of the picture.

The lovely coastal view from the ground of the lighthouse.

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