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Old Fort Western

16 Cony Street, Augusta, ME
207-626-2385
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Ranked #4 of 19 attractions in Augusta
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities
Owner description: Home of the country's oldest wooden garrison building, built in 1754, Old Fort Western is a living history museum offering tours to groups and... more » Owner description: Home of the country's oldest wooden garrison building, built in 1754, Old Fort Western is a living history museum offering tours to groups and individuals, engaging hands-on activities and unique interactive experiences involving the history of the Kennebec Valley and New England during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. « less
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Perth, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We looked at the website, saw on others that it was open in the afternoons but no. No signage to indicate it was closed, lots of people milling around trying to get in, but it was locked up tight. Frustrating!

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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104 reviews 104 reviews
58 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Old Fort Western dates back to the French and Indian War. The original building still exists, and the rest of the fort has been nicely restored. The staff are dressed in period attire and offer tours of the Fort explaining the history and significance of the place. The tour provided and interesting history lesson, and seeing the Fort in person... More

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LAesquared
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

My son and I had an hour or so to spend in Augusta. When we pulled up to the Fort, all we knew was that it was high on internet lists of what to do in Augusta. We expected to wander around for a few minutes and then check out the downtown, but it turned out that tours are guided... More

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NYC
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

As a native of Maine who left years ago I still go back to visit. I often take my guests to Fort Western. Its such a fun unique place that is a great surprise to many who visit. A good companion book is The Midwives Tale by Martha Ballard. This is her diary chronicling every day life as -you guessed... More

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Poland, Maine
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We weren't sure if this trip would hold the kids' attention for very long. The fort is small and there is only one main building to see. They loved it! Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. She was able to answer many questions we had. The kids were involved in 'loading' the cannon and got to lay on a soldier's... More

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Augusta, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Old Fort Western is at the site of an old fort that is mentioned in Many books, my favorite is Arundel by Kenneth Roberts, They recreate life as it was, including a day in the spring to show maple syrup making. Fun

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Porter, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Great place and information. It was built in 1754 as a fortified storehouse to supply Fort Halifax during the French and Indian War. It was also the sight of an early trading post built in 1628. Don't miss this - give yourself about 1.5 hours.

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Tacoma, Washington
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209 reviews 209 reviews
68 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Unfortunately, We only got to see the outside. It looked cool. They have very limited hours 1pm to 4pm.

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Lafayette
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123 reviews 123 reviews
19 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

This is a well preserved example of a pre-Revolutionary War fort with many artifacts, both indoors and outdoors. The docents are extremely knowledgeable and answered any and all of my children's questions. Really puts life into the American history that they study in both 5th and 7th grades. With authentic details, you can imagine how difficult life was for soldiers... More

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Columbia, MD
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

This fort is the oldest wooden fort still standing in North America. Excellent tour and great for anyone interested in history! Our guide, John, was excellent!

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