|Fort McClary Entrance Marker|
|1844 Fort McClary Blockhouse|
The first thing you see coming out of the parking lot is the great white blockhouse at the top of the hill and you can't help being drawn to it. Nearly all of the blockhouses we have seen lately have been in poor shape and most are locked up tight. The blockhouse here is looking good and open to the public. The inside was a real treat with displays, interpretive signs and mounted cannons.
|Mounted Cannon Inside the Blockhouse|
This Second System blockhouse was not built until 1844, well into the Third Period time frame and long after blockhouses had become obsolete. It's not clear why it was built or what need it fulfilled.
Outside the blockhouse are two brick buildings, one is an 1808 restored magazine the second is the shell of an 1808 Rifleman's House. Further over on the upper level are the foundations of another Rifleman's House and a Barracks. From that location you can look down on the lower gun battery and the stonework for Third System fortification.
Fort McClary was designated to be upgraded to a Third System fortification and the upgrade was begun during the Civil War. Unfortunately, advances in armament during the war rendered all of the Third System forts obsolete and work was stopped before it was completed. The parts of the Third System fort that were partially completed at Fort McClary are interesting and some are unusual.
|1864 Land Side Bastion|
|1864 Camponier Exterior|
The forts on this site were active over five different wars, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the U.S. Civil War, the Spanish American War and World War I. During the Spanish American War (1898) three 15" Rodman cannons were emplaced as a temporary defense and they remained in place until at least 1903. During World War I (1917-1918), it was the site of an observation post. At the end of World War I the post was abandoned as an active fortification.
|1864 Camponier Entrance|
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