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Old Fort Western

16 Cony Street, Augusta, ME
207-626-2385
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Ranked #3 of 20 Attractions in Augusta
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
Owner description: Home of the country's oldest wooden garrison building, built in 1754, Old Fort Western is a living...
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Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
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.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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104 reviews 104 reviews
50 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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353 reviews 353 reviews
255 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
45 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Perth, Canada
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82 reviews 82 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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141 reviews 141 reviews
80 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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