Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth - Maine
501 Fort Williams Parkway - Vicinity of Shore Road & Fort Williams Park Road

Located within Cape Elizabeth, Maine at the edges of Casco Bay is this beautiful parkland featuring wonderful sights for all to behold. From the spectacular vistas seen from Fort Williams Park's Shores, Beaches, Cliffs and such to the views of the structures within one can't simply go wrong with a visit to this grand locale! 'And how grand it is!

Next to the Portland Head Lighthouse there's also 'The Museum at Portland Head Light' as well as a truly engaging gift shop which was a big fave of CT Dreaming. After all, we really love lighthouses and well, the bulk of the offerings at this little shop centered and focused on what? Well, Lighthouses of course!!!

The Portland Head Lighthouse, made of brick and stone is very much the stunning attraction. We walked away having felt as if we'd just been on a roller coaster ride. Yes! That's how thrilling and exhilerating this visit can be. Standing on the edges of the cliffs with the rush of wind through your hair and such sights nearby you may very well be in awe, just as we were.

As one sign reads, which is found within the grounds besides one of the parking lots: Fort Williams: This former military installation, begun in 1873 and known as The Battery at Portland Head, was a sub-post of Fort Preble until 1898 when it became a separate independent fort. It was designated Fort Williams in 1899 in honor of Brevet Major General Seth Williams a native of Maine and Assistant Ajutant General U.S. Army. This coastal defense installation guarded the entrance to Casco Bay and was the Headquarters for the defenses of Portland.
It remained an active military base until it was closed in 1964. (South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Historical Society).

Here is yet another welcoming sign featured at Fort Williams Park. Read below what's mentioned on this sign or click on the photo for a much larger version.

Another sign reads:

Fort Williams Park, Proudly Maintained by The Citizens of Cape Elizabeth

To Ensure Everyone's Enjoyment of the Park, Please Observe the Following:

  • Park in designated areas only.
  • Alcoholic Beverages are not allowed.
  • Pets must be on a leash at all times. Be very sure to pick up after your pet.
  • Gatherings of 50 or more people require coordination through the public works office @ 799-4151.
  • Open fires are prohibited.
  • Carry out your refuse, as trash receptacles are not provided.
  • Enjoy the natural Beauty, and leave the rocks, flowers and shrubbery.
Click for a larger, readable version of this Welcoming Sign from Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
For Historical Data and Contact Information on the park, please check our town's website:


Also take a look at the Fort Williams Photos Gallery
(consisting of 3 pages)


As of this writing in Autumn, 2004 there are no fees for parking nor for visiting this Cape Elizabeth Sight. Although there was a $2.00 fee for entry into the Museum at Portland Head Light which adjoins the lighthouse there.