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Old Fort Western

16 Cony Street, Augusta, ME
207-626-2385
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Ranked #5 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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New York, New York, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
77 helpful votes 77 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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219 reviews 219 reviews
68 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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