The Abandoned Army Ruins of Fort Williams

The Fort Williams ruins are down an unnamed road turn off, off of Shore Road, on the coast of Fort Williams Park, the town of Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland County, Maine.

Fort Williams was built in part as a sub post to the Spring Point Fort Preble, in 1872. The military post was named Fort Williams after Brevet Major General Seth Williams in 1899. The fort was built with 6 batteries, barracks, officers’ quarters, non officers’ quarters, post exchange, chapel, laundry, fire station, hospital, bakery, abattoir and more.

During World War I, Fort Williams was not only full and manned by artillery companies but also by the National Guard. During World War II, Fort Williams was the headquarters for the Harbor Defenses of Portland. By 1950, Fort Williams was changed to a logistical administrative installation that offered support to all military in Maine.

In 1962, Fort Williams was closed and in 1964 it was sold to the town of Cape Elizabeth. Much of Fort Williams was demolished afterwards and a lot of the concrete bunkers and other spots were filled in with dirt.

Fort Williams was turned into Fort Williams Park in 1979. There is no fee to go here and there are other recreational activities offered at the park including baseball and tennis courts.

Fort Williams occupies the same site as the Goddard Mansion Ruins, which also eventually served a military purpose.

Where is the abandoned United States Army Fort Williams located? You can find it with these coordinates. 43.627092,-70.212601.

Image 1 used under Creative Commons License Attribution 2.0 Generic. Image 1 by M01229 / Flickr.
Images 2 and 3 used under Creative Commons License Attribution Share ALike 2.0 Generic. Images 2 and 3 by Mike Durkin / Flickr / madmiked.

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