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Kennebec Arsenal

Kennebec Arsenal on the Kennebec River

Augusta, Maine

The Kennebec Arsenal is the most intact early 19th-century munitions depot in the United States, one of a number built on the exposed frontiers following the War of 1812. The arsenal’s eight Greek and Gothic Revival granite buildings were constructed between 1828 and 1838 in a commanding location on the east bank of the Kennebec River. The size of this facility was directly related to the Northeast Boundary Controversy, a border dispute that lasted from 1820-1842 and almost led to a third war with Great Britain. A Save America’s Treasures grant was used to repair the granite retaining wall that stabilizes the site’s Kennebec River boundary.

Photo: Kennebec Arsenal on the Kennebec River

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