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Address: 16 Cony Street, Augusta, ME
Phone Number: 207-626-2385
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Description: Home of the country's oldest wooden garrison building, built in 1754, Old...
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.
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Small and Interesting

Situated on the river this is said to be the oldest wooden fort still standing. We had an excellent guide who took us around the fort and through the buildings explaining the use... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 4, 2014
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This is the original building erected in 1754 as a fortified storehouse. Guided tours of the site show the local military history in the larger context of the French and Indian War which was fought on all 5 continents.

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Augusta, Maine
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Oldest wooden fort in the country still standing. In changing uses through the 1920s as a tenement house. Excellent interpreters, with live 1700s period demonstrations.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Situated on the river this is said to be the oldest wooden fort still standing. We had an excellent guide who took us around the fort and through the buildings explaining the use of all. This is more a supply depot than a fort and the stories of the people involved using it for their own means is very interesting.... More 

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New York City, New York
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156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

the only surviving wooden fort in the U.S., located at the river banks overlooking the bridge with beautiful fall colors, enjoyable walk while learning a lot about it.

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Midlothian, Virginia
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14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We had to wait because it was the weekend. The staff were accommodating enough. It was worth the visit.

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Douglas, MA
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

enjoyed our tour of Old Fort Western on a rainy day!. We were hesitant at first due to the rain, but found out that a good bit of the tour is inside. Our guide was in correct period clothes and was very knowledgeable about the fort and the people that were affiliated with it.

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Litchfield, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Great museum, good guides in period costume, great views of the city across the river. The fort often hosts revolutionary reenactments.

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San Francisco, California
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

For kids this is a great place to run around and explore the guns and forts. For anyone that is interested in American history, it is great to learn more about what went on here several hundred years ago as Maine was just starting out and defending against indians. There's a lot of things here, during the summer especially as... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We tried to check Fort Western out; entered through a wide open area with no signage anywhere about hours, etc. Figured it was one of those historical sites that just opens the doors for people to stroll though, pretty common... Passed by a room with some cute kids in old-timey clothes, smiled, said hi, and then... A lady in similar... More 

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Biddeford, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It is hard to believe that they put this fort back together and can now give tours of Fort Western. It is well worth taking the time to visit this site.

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