constructed in fairhaven overlooking
New Bedford Harbor in 1777, Fort Phoenix
was burned down the next year. Rebuilt, it
proved important in the War of 1812.
State is home to several surviving blockhouses, including the country’s oldest, Fort
Halifax, which sits at the confluence of the
Kennebec and Sebasticook rivers in Winslow.
Built by settlers in 1754 to protect Colonial
villages along the rivers, it actually floated
away in 8-foot floodwaters on April 1, 1987.
Crews in boats collected its timbers, scattered
along many miles downriver, and reassembled the building the following year.
Palisades and wooden blockhouses
provided reasonable security against the
arrows and muskets of early aggressors, but
Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven, Massachusetts,
may have been decommissioned in 1876
and become a tourist destination, but it hasn’t
lost its military roots. It returns to something
of its original self this September during the
Fall Revolutionary War Encampment — a
two-day time warp to 1777 orchestrated by
the Fairhaven Village Militia and Fairhaven
Office of Tourism. Visitors can experience the
fort as it once was as the encampment creates a
bustling hub filled with period-costumed men
and women, a plethora of demonstrations
ranging from cooking and spinning to dentistry,
and militiamen engaged in military drills
and flintlock musket and cannon firing. On
Saturday evening, there will be a “night firing”
of the fort’s five cannons for a true taste of
historic power. The Fall Revolutionary
War Encampment at Fort Phoenix, Green
Street, Fairhaven, MA, runs from 9 a.m.
Saturday, September 17, until 3 p.m. Sunday,
September 18. Cannon firing at approximately
6: 30 p.m. Saturday. Admission
is free. Information: 508-979-4085,
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