After researching the Oak Island mystery for a few years, you can't help but take note
of the same story elements repeated in many, if not most, of the accounts of the history of Oak Island.
Every once in a while though, a new an intriguing piece of information or folklore reveals itself.
This was the case when reading through some old newspaper articles about Oak Island, which Blockhouse Investigations recently acquired. In an article printed in the January 17th 1897 issue of The Brooklyn Daily Eagle Sun, we find mention of a fort existing on Oak Island in days gone by.
"Its come down from father to son. Years ago when the country was new and few settlers here, two rakish-looking brigs dropped anchor one May day in the bay, sent men and stores ashore, and took the Island..."
A fort? On Oak Island? Could it be true?
That's something we may never know. Over two hundred and twenty years of treasure hunting has
disturbed so much of the ground in the area of the famed Money Pit, that there is little chance any evidence of a fort may be found.
"...they built quarters, raised a fort, and tunneled passages under it, connecting with the sea for holding their treasure."
What's intriguing is that a fort makes perfect sense if you consider the amount of time that the purported man-made constructions on the island would have taken to build - the Money-Pit, the tunnels, and the so-called artificial beach in Smith’s Cove, to name a few of the features thought to exist. The builders of these structures might have need for protection and shelter during their operations on the island. Surround the Money Pit with a fort, and you can work in private behind the same walls that also provide protection. This seems reasonable, and apparently verbal evidence of such was passed down in local folklore until at least the late 1800s, when it was printed in the article that you can read at the link below.
We hope you found this Oak Island story as thought provoking as we did.
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