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February 6, 2018

Historic Casco Bay fort pitched as 'Fortland'

A developer envisions an immersive campground at the privately owned Fort Scammel, built as part of Portland’s defenses during the War of 1812.

The Forecaster reported that plans by Stefan Scarks and Travis Bullard for “Fortland” include a 21-site campground of yurts, canvas tents and timber and canvas structures on and around the grounds of Fort Scammel, which sits at the southern end of the 24-acre House Island in Casco Bay.

The plan will need certification by the Historic Preservation Board.

Last July, the Bangor Daily News reported that Scarks’ family owns the southern part of the island through a limited liability corporation. Scarks’ father, Michael Scarks, purchased House Island in 2014 for $3 million. Michael Scarks, who died in March 2015, intended to build luxury vacation homes on House Island but changed his plans and sold the northern half of the island after the Historic Preservation Board nominated to make it a historic district. 

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