Preserving the Natural Beauty and History of Fort Williams Park

Fort Williams Park—90 acres of rugged beauty on Casco Bay—is owned and operated by the Town of Cape Elizabeth. Here you can visit the iconic Portland Head Light and Museum, relish awe-inspiring ocean views, wander diverse natural environments, play on recreational sites, and discover ruins from a long maritime and military history. The Fort Williams Park Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization,  provides the opportunity for you to support the park and keep it admission free.

As you walk through the park, notice the vines climbing over shrubs, choking trees, blocking views and preventing access to historic remnants. The Foundation’s first major horticultural and ecological initiative, the Arboretum, is a work in progress. When you walk the Cliff Walk Trail, wander through the landscaped gardens at either end. These are the first two of multiple native and sustainable landscapes which will comprise the Arboretum at Fort Williams Park.

The goal of the Arboretum Project is to control invasive plant species and increase native biodiversity that is more sustainable and supportive of wildlife. When complete, the Arboretum will feature multiple landscapes that highlight the Park’s unique natural and historic features, demonstrating how to control invasive plants while showcasing the beauty and potential of native New England flora.



Annual Spring Appeal for Donations

As a nonprofit organization, Fort Williams Park Foundation’s success depends on your generous support. BE A FRIEND OF THE PARK and help us preserve the natural beauty and history of Fort Williams Park! All donors will be acknowledged in our annual report for 2016-2017. Please donate at fortwilliams.org/donate.

Thank you for making a difference!


“Fort Williams: First Person”: Multimedia Exhibit

May 2017

On display at Cape Elizabeth’s Thomas Memorial Library for the month of May

The Fort Williams Oral History Project retrospective will feature short films produced from interview footage collected over the past 18 months.

Men and women who were connected with the Fort when it was an army base, provided engaging accounts of life at Fort Williams.

Photos, vintage postcards, artifacts, a timeline, and an interactive map provided added context.

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