Front entrance gate to Fort Knox (copyright Lady Bryn Millar)

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Shire of Endewearde
Blue fleur de lis Medieval Tournament at Fort Knox Blue fleur de lis

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The site is Historic Fort Knox State Park on Route 174 in Prospect, Maine


Hail and Well Met!

The Friends of Fort Knox and the Shire of Endewearde invite you to attend a demonstration of medieval tournament skills and fine entertainments on Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Historic Fort Knox in Prospect, Maine.

Pause along the stone walkways to hear voices stir your soul with enchanting melodies from eras long ago. Listen to the sudden crack of thunder as heavy armored fighters strike their weapons upon metal shields in a heated battle to defeat their noble adversaries in the Pas d’Armes. Explore the fascinating variety of crafts of the Middle Ages handmade by medieval recreation artisans. Observe courtly graces in the presentation of elegant dances of the 16th century Italian Renaissance court as well as traditional English country dances. Cheer for the nimble swordplay and deadly precision of the rapier duelists. Join us for a spectacular display of historic attire on the parade grounds and learn about different styles of fashion throughout the Middle Ages. Take a turn throwing axes and knives on the thrown weapons range in lower Battery A. Visit the information table near the Fort Knox gift shop to learn more about medieval activities offered through local chapters of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) in your area. Did you know there are four branches of the SCA in Maine?

Site opens: 8:00 a.m. for SCA Volunteers; 9:00 a.m. for the General Public
Site closes: 5:00 p.m. for everyone 

Around the Fort
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Arts & Science Exhibits in the Gun Bays (Casemates), Camping Pavilions (in front of fort)

Battery A - times will vary
Thrown weapons demonstrations
Combat archery demonstrations


White entrance booth at Fort Knox park (copyright Lady Bryn Millar)The Friends of Fort Knox have graciously waived park entrance fees for SCA volunteers participating in the medieval tournament. Please have your garb at hand and tell the park ranger at the white entrance booth that you are a SCA volunteer.

Separate admission fees apply for anyone wishing to visit the Observatory.


After entering the parking lot you can turn left to drop off your gear at the circle near the Visitor Center (red brick building). Once unloaded please park your vehicle in the auxiliary parking lot next to the old bridge (within easy walking distance of the fort). There is a shuttle service running between the fort and auxiliary parking areas. Inside the fort grounds you must sign in at the SCA gate table (troll) near the front gate entrance to complete SCA waivers and to receive your dayboard token.

Please use the Fort's main parking area for loading/unloading only. A limited number of vehicles may be permitted onto the main site early in the morning to unload items. All vehicles must be moved to parking lots just prior to 9:00 AM.  Please contact Lord Finan if you need to bring items directly on site after 9:00 AM. 

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  • Facilities & Handicap Accessibility: There are handicap accessible flush toilets and drinking water fountains  located in a separate white building near the Gift Shop & Visitor Center. There are no shower facilities. The fort has limited handicap accessibility to the central courtyard area via a ramp through the main gates. Some parts of the fort will not be readily accessible without minor assistance - please do not hesitate to ask for help. The Gift Shop & Visitor Center will be open.

  • Clothing: To create a medieval atmosphere for the Fort Knox Medieval Tournament demo for the pleasure of the general public, please wear pre-17th century clothing. Please contact your local SCA Chatelaine or members of your local SCA group if you need assistance finding appropriate garb for the day. 

  • Dayboard: SCA volunteers can enjoy a light lunch. It is expected that you will bring your own sturdy bowl, plate, drinking cup, utensils and napkins. Please plan to bring a bowl that makes it easy for you to carry hot soup once served.There are no facilities to wash dishes after use so one strategy is to bring a plastic bag to store your dishware after lunch. The Shire of Endewearde and the Fort Knox staff would deeply appreciate that you do not wash dishes or dump food waste in the public restrooms. One useful tip is to bring a paper plate to place over your sturdier plate; the paper plate is discarded after your meal and you pack a relatively clean plate.

  • Keep Warm, Be Comfortable: You will want to wear footwear meant for walking, fencing or fighting on gravel, dirt & wood floors, or granite flooring. You may wish to consider bringing a warm cloak  -- although the temperatures may be pleasantly warm during the day of the demo, the wind off the Penobscot river can be quite chilly in early September. 

  • Site Information: The Fort Knox and Penobscot Narrows Observatory website link at has additional information about the history of the fort as well as a downloadable brochure (pdf format). Separate admission fees are charged for entrance to the Park and to the Observatory.  

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Updated Wednesday, September 5, 2012

General Day Schedule

In case of rain and soggy ground we can run activities within the shelter of the fort. 

Prior to 9:00 AM - SCA Volunteers set-up pavilions and displays inside & outside the fort. 

9:00 AM - Fort Knox gate opens to the General Public. SCA Volunteers must check in with Park Ranger at the white entrance gate building and then sign in at the SCA Troll table to sign a waiver and receive your token for dayboard.

10:00 - 11:00 AM Rapier Duels & Fencing Melees

11:15-11:45 AM Live Music & Dance Presentation

12:00–1:00 PM Pas d'Armes Tournament of Knightly Combat, opened by our youth fighters

1:00-1:30 PM Fashion Show on the Parade Grounds

1:30:-2:15 PM Rapier Duels & Fencing Melees

2:30-3:00 PM Live Music & Dance Presentation

3:00-4:00 PM Pas d'Armes Tournament of Knightly Combat, opened by our youth fighters

Around the Fort

10:00 AM-4:00 PM Arts & Science Exhibits in the Gun Bays (Casemates), Camping Pavilions (in front of fort)

1:00-2:00 PM Ballista Firing

Battery A - times will be listed on site

Thrown weapons demonstrations (Marshal dependent)
Combat archery demonstrations

4:00 PM - SCA Volunteer clean-up begins.

5:00 PM - Fort Knox closes - The park rangers will lock the front gates of the fort.


Blue fleur de lis SCA DEMO STAFF

SCA Demo Organizer / Gold Key:
Lord Finán mac Bressail  

SCA Volunteer Dayboard (Lunch):

SCA Volunteer Check-In (Troll):
Lady Leofwenn of Wytleseie


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Arts & Sciences Display Coordinator:
Lord Nevell Sudlow 

Fashion Through the Ages:
Lady Agatha Wanderer

Song and Dance Coordinator:
Lord Gwillim Kynith

Blue fleur de lis COMBAT ARTS

Youth Combat:
Lord Finán mac Bressail

Adult Rapier Combat:
The Honorable Lord Frasier MacLeod

Adult Fighting
Lord Ané du Vey

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Event Location

Historic Fort Knox State Park
US Rt. 174
Prospect, ME 04416

From Belfast: Proceed north on US Rte 1, through Searsport and Stockton Springs, immediately before crossing the new Penobscot Narrows bridge, take a left onto Rte. 174. Fort Knox will be approximately 1/8 mile up on your right.

From Bar Harbor: Follow US Rte. 1 south across the new Penobscot Narrows bridge, immediately adjacent to the town of Bucksport. Once over the bridge take a right onto Rte. 174. Fort Knox will be approximately 1/8 mile up on your right.

From Bangor: (two route choices)

On Rte. 1A South....follow Rte 1A South through the towns of Hampden, Winterport, Frankfort and Prospect. In Prospect Center, take a left onto Rte. 174. Follow Rte 174 approximately 4 miles. Fort Knox will be on your left.

On Rte 15 South....follow Rte 15 South through the city of Brewer and the towns of Orrington and Bucksport. In Bucksport, take a right onto US Rte.1 South and proceed over the Waldo-Hancock County suspension bridge. Immediately upon exiting the bridge take a right onto Rte. 174. Fort Knox will be approximately 1/8 mile up on your right.

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