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Address: 16 Cony Street, Augusta, ME
Phone Number: 207-626-2385
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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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Waterfront Park and Rec area as well as Playground

This is a great spot for a picnic, walk, viewing the Museum, and playground for supervised children at play. It was clean and well maintained and there were a lot of people there... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2015
kayleah624
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

This is a great spot for a picnic, walk, viewing the Museum, and playground for supervised children at play. It was clean and well maintained and there were a lot of people there doing different things. It was a fun place to bring the kids and use the facilities.

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Concord, NH, United States
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

It was a great historic experience. The tour lasted about 1.5 hours and the guide was very knowledgable. However, there are no self guided tours; the entrance into the fort is poorly marked; and I thought it was a bit overpriced ( $10 per person and they will take $1 off if you have AAA card). Its a short walk... More 

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Kennewick
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125 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

Our tour guide was knowledgable and gave an interesting tour. The history about this place is something I had never heard of. It was worth the time and the cost, eight bucks for seniors.

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Thank harv2u
New England
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Old Fort Western is a Maine Land mark and is interesting to see. The exhibit can be seen in less than an hour. The best photo op is outside by the river especially in the fall. Its close by Augusta Seafood which offers one of the best lobster roll I have had in Maine.

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Thank Elizabeth A
Tappahannock, Virginia
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359 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Had the privilege of an almost private tour with docent Roger who did a marvelous job of explaining the historical importance of the fort and its role in the colonization of Maine. Visited the corner blockhouse around the stockade and the main store house, looked over the register of trading transactions in pounds shillings and pence! Well worth an hour... More 

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Thank northernneckinn
Greenville, North Carolina
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Love this old historical site! Would be a great spot for wedding photos or senior pics. All of the landmarks are clearly marked with plaques that explain in detail the significance

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Interesting and our guide obviously loved his subJect Told us lots of facts though not not with a lot of ummm. Only a cheap attraction so if you're in the area go for it

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Orland Park, Illinois
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146 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Most of the interesting aspects of this attraction are housed in the large building on the grounds. As I entered, I was greeted by a guide. The guide leads you through the history of the fort...and picks up and explains how various artifacts were used back in those times. It's obvious that the guides care about the facility. There was... More 

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Victoria BC
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53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I loved the interpreters dressed in period costume and really appreciated the amount of dedicated work that went into recreating the fort using original pieces and documents. It's clear that the team cares about its fort and protecting its history. I learned a lot about the region and its early settlers and growth. Highly recommend this gem!

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Thank IslandRandR
Augusta, Maine, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

great for families to learn history of Augusta and the Kennebec River. and a short walk to the old mill park. Where back in the day many of our residents worked for years. a short distance from there are is a street that was where many of the mill workers lived and walked to work. Some of them still have... More 

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