Founded in 2016 as a 501(c)3 non-profit, the purposes of the Mars & Neptune Trust are:

  •   to further our present knowledge of the lifeways and material world of military and naval forces in North America prior to 1850 through programs that include, but are not limited to: archaeological  and historical investigations, publications, museum exhibitions, media productions, public presentations, special events, preservation activities, and experimental archaeology (“living history”).
  •    to provide the public with a greater awareness and appreciation of the service  and accomplishment of military and naval forces during the aforementioned historical period and the preservation of its material culture.
  •    to raise funds and public/private support for the preservation of endangered or rare surviving sites or artifacts relating to the military and naval history of America prior to 1850, including providing funds or in-kind services leading to the purchase, donation or loan of such properties for government, public or private not-for-profit institutions responsible for the care, interpretation and preservation of such properties for the public benefit.
  • to work with the state of Maine in restoring and interpreting Fort Edgecomb State Park, which encompasses the only Second System coastal fortifications that survive intact with no post-1815 alterations in the USA.