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Address: 16 Cony St, Augusta, ME 04330-5200
Phone Number: 207-626-2385

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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Right on the river

Interesting restored fort with buildings and surrounding fence wall restored and open for tours. It was heavily used as a trading post and was party to some disputes about owner... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2016
Colorado Springs
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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth a visit if you are in Augusta. Oldest fort in the country. Any repairs are done with historians and archaeologists that ensure period accuracy. Peter was an excellent tour guide and was engaging with interesting facts of what occurred during the French and Indian war. His passion came through.

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Skaneateles, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

Fort Western is the oldest continuously operated wood fort in the US at more than 250 years old. Except that most of the fort was reconstructed in modern times and "continuously operated" includes its decades of use as tenement housing for Irish immigrants. Fort Western stood ready for conflict in the French and Indian War, but never actually saw any.... More 

Thank Jan B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

This fort from colonial times (1750's) in upper Massachusetts (now the State of Maine) is a great place to learn something of the history of that period just before the Revolutionary War. For $10 per person (a bit less for seniors), you get a 1 to 1.5 hour guided tour from a person in period dress, who can tell you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

We stopped by but did not go in as the price of admission seemed a tad high (ten dollars per person). The area along the river outside the fort is pleasant and inviting.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Decided to go visit after we had been to the Maine museum. It wasn't anything that special. The guide was knowledgeable but it just sounded like he had given one too many tours. There wasn't that much to see. Only took about 30 minutes. Not worth the admission cost.

Thank corsha1
Colorado Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

Interesting restored fort with buildings and surrounding fence wall restored and open for tours. It was heavily used as a trading post and was party to some disputes about owner ship that turned deadly. Originally constructed in the 1700s, it's been used for many things over the years, but is lovingly restored now. Worth the tour. Grounds are nice to... More 

1 Thank MaryKop
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2016

Super interesting history, delivered by really knowledgeable, kind folks in small group tours. And it's the oldest wooden fort in North America -- so worth seeing it. You'll also get a good sense of the history of this part of Maine to boot.

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Princeton, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I think we lucked out -- the docent was very knowledgeable, very interesting -- answered a lot of questions for us. In all, we spent over an hour touring the fort. This was originally a pre-Revolution fort, but then it morphed into a store, a family house, then on to tenements -- basically, you could see over 200 years of... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

Old Fort Western was conveniently located across the Kennebec River from Augusta’s downtown area. It had its own parking lot. There was plenty of free parking. Admission fees were: $10 - Adults $8 - Seniors & Veterans $6 - Children ages 6 - 14 FREE - Children under age 6 & Active Military $1.00 off for AAA members My visit... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

you will come by Old Fort Western. Plenty of parking and took a tour of the facility and learned a lot of the significance Augusta had played in history which I knew nothing about prior.

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