Bob & Ellen's Excellent Adventure

Black Sheep Tower House

Fort McClary

December 27, 2020 Bob is the photographer today during our nostalgic visit to Fort McClary State Historic Site in Kittery Point, ME, less than 30 minutes from the house. The scenic panoramic view (check out this video clip) from this high, rocky point is lovely and peaceful today, with the lighthouses marking the entrance to Portsmouth Harbor, but it hasn’t always been “peaceful”, as its location was quite strategic during wartime.

As 2020 was closing, we decided to revisit a day of wonderful memories for our 10th anniversary. We held our very small wedding, just close family and friends, here at Fort McClary on June 19, 2010. Bob loves history, and the fact that Fort McClary has a long history, beginning in 1689, and figuring in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and Spanish-American War was of great interest to him. The Fort fell into disrepair in the early 1900’s but the blockhouse and grounds have been restored as a museum. However, the most appealing and compelling reasons for holding our ceremony here have to do with the 270 degree river, harbor and ocean views, the lighthouses and the small, quiet and unique location. We held our simple ceremony at 7:30 am in the morning light, the only ones at the historic site, and enjoyed a wedding breakfast laid out on the huge granite blocks, long abandoned and laying akimbo in the grass. A wedding feast highlight were the chocolate covered strawberries from The Chocolatier in Exeter! Our JP was none other than Michelle Berke, who figures prominently in our excellent adventure at the Black Sheep Tower. ūüôā Later in the day, we held an awesome party (fajitas and margaritas) at their house in Exeter for more friends, followed by fireworks…. what a fabulous day!

Later that night, the moon made a spectacular appearance, seen here from the tower balcony, and from the driveway too – love that photo with the moon reflecting off the railings. It is magical being up there at night….

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