|Fort Edgecomb State|
|Fort Edgecomb Blockhouse|
|Fort Edgecomb Site Looking Toward the Harbor|
|Lower Battery and Stone Wall|
|Blockhouse Entrance Note the Heavy Timbers|
Supporting the Second Floor
The blockhouse is an octagonal two story structure with a tall observation tower built above the roof line and a masonry foundation. The upper and lower levels have cannon ports and rifle loopholes for defense. The upper level overlaps the first level and rests upon large squared timbers. The thick layered door is studded with iron nails and hidden hinges to prevent axes from breaking through. The blockhouse was normally painted white so that any approaching enemy ships would know that the harbor was defended. On this day the blockhouse was close up tight so we could not see the inside. The outside seem in good repair except that the white paint job could use a renewal.
Fort Edgecomb is probably one of the best places to get a good sense of what a small Second System fortification was like and it has a terrific view of the harbor. We had a great visit.
For more information and pictures visit the FortWiki.com, Fort Edgecomb Page.