Upcoming Events

Fort Knox Tattoo

Delayed, New Date To Be Determined
On Route 174, just off U.S. Route 1 in Prospect, Maine

The word ‘tattoo’ comes from the early Dutch, ‘doe den tap toe’ meaning ‘turn off the taps’. Scottish troops were stationed in the Netherlands in the 17th century and each evening the regimental drum corps were sent out to play and signal the local tavern keepers to “turn off the taps”, cutting off the supply of ale, sending the Scottish soldiers back to their lodgings. A century later the Tattoo became the last duty call of the day, with full military bands, and eventually became elaborate concerts like the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

The Fort Knox Scottish Tattoo has been entertaining audiences for many years at the Fort Knox Historic Site in Prospect, Maine, high above the Penobscot River. First organized by a long time member of the society, Doc ‘Curly’ Olds, the Fort Knox Tattoo has long been a favorite venue for many of Maine’s pipe bands. As of now, three bands are lined up to play, with the possibility of others joining in the festivities.