5-22-12: The Forgotten Fort
In the early 1800s, at the request of then-president Thomas Jefferson, 62 forts were built up and down the east coast. Some of them, such as Fort McHenry, are still standing, but others were knocked down, and little is known about them.
Now, Mechelle Kerns Galway, a history professor the Naval Academy believes she’s found the remains of one of the forts that was built to protect Annapolis—Fort Madison. She talks with Sheilah about how she figured out where it stood.
The remains of Fort Madison are on the firing range of the Naval Academy, and therefore not accessible to the public. However, the Fort stood until the 1930s, and Professor Galway is interested in hearing from people who may have seen it. It would have been visible from the Severn River–it stood north of Greenbury point. If you remember seeing it, let us know at 410-881-3162, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.