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It is part of Big diamond island maine city of Portland, Maine. At the census, the island had a year-round population of The island is not accessible from the mainland by motor vehicle and has a limited network of ro. The primary modes of transportation are golf carts and bicycles. This fact has become a selling point for the island, marketing the area as "car free" and "kid friendly". The island was used as a military base starting in the late 19th century and continuing through World War II.
After the base was decommissioned, the bunkers and residences were left idle for over 30 years before being developed and sold to private citizens. Diamond Cove is a ferry stop at the northeastern side of the island.
The Diamond Cove properties are on the grounds of the former Fort McKinleymaking use of the army barracks and officer's quarters as renovated homes. The abandoned concrete coastal artillery batteries exist in the woods at the east of the island, although they are technically private property and off-limits due to safety concerns. The community is gated and, for the most part, not open to the general public, although the Diamond's Edge restaurant is open and located just off the Casco Bay ferry dock.
Tours of the grounds, by reservation, are available. A limited of homes have been built on the waterfront areas of the island; many have been featured in local magazines and newspapers. The Diamond Cove General Store, a seasonal business near the former Quartermasters Quarters, offers groceries, candy and prepared foods from just before Memorial Day until just after Labor Day. Residents from both sides of the island rely on this fixture and it Big diamond island maine an area where Diamond Cove residents congregate socially.
In a GQ magazine article about the coolest small cities in America, visiting the Diamond Cove General Store to get a lobster roll made their list of four must-see places in Portland. Diamond Cove was initially an artistic retreat community, hosting visitors such as Henry Wworth Longfellow and Harriet Beecher Stoweand it included amenities including a nine-hole golf course.
At the time of the Spanish—American Warthe island was converted almost entirely to a military base to defend Casco Bay. Big diamond island maine property at Diamond Cove remained abandoned for decades, until its renovation to the community it is today. National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, Archived from the original on Retrieved CS1 maint: archived copy as title link. Forts of Casco Bay. Casco Bay. The City of Portland, Maine.
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Fort McKinley Historic District (Diamond Cove)