Congenial relations today mask the U.S. contentious history with Canada, where Maine was often a boiling point for bad blood. Authorities, who feared an outbreak of hostilities, built this ammunitions depot in the early 19th century to stock weapons in case of war. Widely considered to be one of the best examples of a completely intact arsenal, the site is in the hands of a private developer from North Carolina who has made promises (thus undelivered) to revitalize the former munitions depot. Public access today is limited.
This is Kennebec Arsenal, built to serve as a major arsenal to better protect the coastal borders of the US after the war of 1812. It was in use until 1901 and then was sold to the Maine State Hospital and was renamed the Augusta Mental Health Institute. Doors were closed in 2004 and the property was sold to a developer. While AMHI was running, it was reported that over 11,600 patients died there but there are no records of where all of the bodies were buried. There are also a series of tunnels that exists underground. #kennebecarsenal #Augusta #Maine #abandoned #abandonedmaine #abandonedplaces #history #old #creepy #explore #historical #abandoned_excellence #207 #exploremaine