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Old Fort Western

16 Cony Street, Augusta, ME
207-626-2385
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Ranked #3 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 City, New York
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345 reviews 345 reviews
246 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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
55 helpful votes 55 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
96 helpful votes 96 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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