- Paperback: 66 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781496111050
- ISBN-13: 978-1496111050
- ASIN: 1496111052
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,079,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forgotten on the Kennebec: Abandoned Places and Quirky People Paperback – March 5, 2014
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"A fascinating book with more suggestions of places along the Kennebec is Forgotten on the Kennebec: Abandoned Places and Quirky People by David Fiske. It is available on Amazon.kenebecbook The book includes offbeat places such as Fort Baldwin in Phippsburg, Swan Island in Richmond and the former Federal Arsenal in Augusta." - Ocean Point Inn blog
About the Author
David Fiske is a genealogist and historical researcher, whose study of Solomon Northup (whose life is portrayed in the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave) resulted in a comprehensive biography of the man, titled Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave. Fiske also collaborated with author Eric Stanway on a biography of Madame Sherri, an eccentric show business personality who retired to a castle-like house in rural New Hampshire.
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Focusing on the Kennebec River area, it selects three choice locations which are open to public entry and proceeds to give the reader not only an overview of each spot's history but also capsule portraits of notary personages that were associated with each location. With this approach, author David Fiske provides just enough practical information to get visitors to the spot in question, and allows the reader to explore the land on foot, while giving a taste of the personalities that helped shape and inhabit the landscape. In this way he paints a picture of how the now-empty structures were once filled with life and history in the making.
The three locations that Fiske turns his attention to include some of Maine's old fortifications, still standing, and one island which once housed a township, where today birds and wildlife roam among long-abandoned buildings: Fort Popham and Fort Baldwin in Phippsburg, Maine, Fort Western and the Kennebec Arsenal in Augusta, Maine, and Perkins Township on Swan Island, offshore from Richmond, Maine.
Each section is peppered with photos taken by the author at the location, and illuminated with quick prose sketches that clearly flesh out the historic lay of the land and its personality. This slim volume will tuck easily into any day-explorer's backpack, and while it won't add much weight to your pack, it will undoubtedly add to your enjoyment of a few of Maine's quieter historic spots, where the state's history waits for you to discover it in person.
Another nifty feature is the inclusion of a bibliography with each section, allowing readers to research the locations’ history further at will. This is a real bonus for amateur historians, and is an often overlooked element in standard guidebooks.