The Friends of Fort Knox are sponsoring a Civil War cannon-firing Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring the 6th Maine Battery Civil War Re-enactors. The cannon is a full-scale replica of a parrot cannon used extensively during the Civil War. The cannon produces thunderous blasts and the reverberation may be heard for miles.

Also, the 150-year-old Fort Knox oven, possibly used to feed troops garrisoned at what is now Maine’s most popular state historic site, will again be fired up for the Fourth of July weekend by Miss Rose, a living-history interpreter and organizer of the upcoming “Battle at Fort Knox.”

Miss Rose will prepare and present baked goods and entrees, using the historic oven which, prior to this spring, had not been in use for more than 112 years. Samples of the food items will be available for visitors to taste, with a donation. Miss Rose also will discuss the food preparation techniques for cooking in the massive wood-fired oven. The oven will be in operation July 3-5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for demonstrations.

Proceeds from the food samples will be used to feed Civil War re-enactors during the “Battle at Fort Knox,” a major re-enactment event to be held Friday through Sunday, July 23-25, at Fort Knox.

The fort was strategically located on the narrows of the Penobscot River to protect the river valley from naval attack. Although it never saw combat, Fort Knox was garrisoned during the Civil and Spanish American Wars.

The Friends of Fort Knox is a nonprofit group dedicated to the preservation of the state historic site, and has funded numerous Fort restoration and improvement projects. The mission of the Friends is to preserve Fort Knox and enhance its educational, cultural and economic value for the people of Maine.

Fort Knox is owned and managed for the people of Maine by the Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands, which may be reached at 469-7719 or by visiting parksandlands.com.

For more information on the Friends’ restoration efforts and many sponsored special events, go to the Web site at fortknox.maineguide.com or call 469-6553.

For more information on the “Battle at Fort Knox,” go to: http://ftknox.mainemilitia.com.