“The History of Fort Knox” will be the topic of the Belfast Historical Society’s meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in the Abbott Room at the Belfast Free Library. Liza Gardner Walsh, author and educator, will explore the history of the fort and some of the Indian legends of the area from before the fort was built.

Anyone who has ever visited Fort Knox knows the powerful spell it casts, but through understanding the fort’s place in history, it becomes even more dramatic.

Although the fort was the epitome of coastal defense works when it was constructed in the mid-1800s, it never exchanged fire with an enemy or fired a shot in anger. The fort symbolizes a bygone era in warfare, of changing economics and shifting borders. It is a living history lesson on display for anyone to visit and treasure.

The program will take an in-depth look at the circumstances that created the fort as well as those that have allowed it to thrive in the 21st century. In addition to its military history, the fort is known for its haunted aspects and was catapulted to national attention when the prime-time TV show "Ghost Hunters" filmed an episode there.

Liza Gardner Walsh lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and two young daughters. Liza has worked as a preschool teacher, children’s librarian, writing teacher and museum educator. She holds a master’s degree in writing from Vermont College. She is the author of several books, including "Haunted Fort," "The History of America's First Fort Knox," "Fairy House Handbook" and the "Treasure Hunter’s Handbook." There will be a book signing by the author following the presentation.

Belfast Historical Society programs are free and open to the public and are held April through October. FMI, call 338-9229.