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Civil War-era fort for sale on eBay

May 22, 2006

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— A Civil War-era fort is for sale on eBay.

Fort Montgomery, built in 1844, was manned during the war but never saw any action.

"This is the first time it's been formally for sale," said Victor Podd of Boca Raton, Fla., whose family has owned the fort for 23 years.

The limestone fort sits on a Lake Champlain island in northern New York and is connected to the mainland by a 700-foot causeway. The full package offered on the auction Web site includes 6,900 feet of lake frontage and 279 acres on the adjacent mainland.

As of Sunday morning, bidding had reached $3 million.

In 1935, about 80 percent of the structure was demolished and it has since been prey to vandalism.

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