DescriptionSeparated from Canada by the St. John River, Fort Kent was settled by French Acadians deported from Nova Scotia by the British in 1755. Incorporated in the 1820s, the territory became the issue of a boundary dispute between Great Britain and the United States. Troops were called in and a fort was built, but the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842 averted bloodshed.
Fort Kent is the starting point of US 1, which runs along the eastern coast to Key West, Fla.; it also is the northern terminus for a scenic section of SR 11, which stretches south to Portage, as well as for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and canoe trips down the St. John River.
Visitor InfoGreater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce 291 W. Main St. FORT KENT, ME 04743-0430. Phone:(207)834-5354 or (800)733-3563
Things to SeeFort Kent State Historic Site