South Portland Land Trust offers walking tour of SMCC, Fort Preble

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SOUTH PORTLAND — The land trust on Saturday will lead a walking tour of Fort Preble and Southern Maine Community College.

The tour, which will focus on the history of the fort and campus, will be led by land trust member Helen Slocum. The two-hour tour will begin at 9 a.m. at the Old Settler’s Cemetery on the SMCC campus.

There are two other tours scheduled for this summer. 

Mayor Tom Blake will lead a tour of South Portland’s “Hidden Jewels” on Aug. 8. The vehicle tour will stop at several sites, including a cascading waterfall, the side rails from the old Vaughn’s Bridge, an alewives sluice and an historic river bank where natives and settlers signed a peace treaty.

An Aug. 22 tour will focus on the importance of Trout Brook. SPLT Director Jon Dore and Patrick Keenan of the BioDiversity Research Institute will talk about how Sawyer Marsh keeps the brook clean and how the springs keep the trout population healthy. Guides hope that attendees will come away from the tour with ideas about how to improve water quality in Trout Brook or in the watershed in which they live.  

The tours are free and open to the public. For more information call 767-1269.