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“Well preserved, plenty to see”
Review of Old Fort Western

Old Fort Western
Ranked #3 of 20 things to do in Augusta
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Lafayette
Level 6 Contributor
244 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“Well preserved, plenty to see”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

This is a well preserved example of a pre-Revolutionary War fort with many artifacts, both indoors and outdoors. The docents are extremely knowledgeable and answered any and all of my children's questions. Really puts life into the American history that they study in both 5th and 7th grades. With authentic details, you can imagine how difficult life was for soldiers in this period when there was no electricity, and no heat during freezing cold Maine winters.

I found the well stocked dry goods store particularly interesting and there were in fact things that the docents allowed the kids to touch and hold.

Worth a stop if you are in Augusta and you get a nice view of the Kennebec river from the property. Plenty of parking on site since they share a parking lot with the August City Hall.

Visited June 2013
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Columbia, MD
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Old Fort Western Augusta, Maine”
Reviewed 18 June 2013

This fort is the oldest wooden fort still standing in North America. Excellent tour and great for anyone interested in history! Our guide, John, was excellent!

Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Sharon B
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Livermore Falls, Maine
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Old time way”
Reviewed 9 May 2013

It's going back and I do mean way back in history. Everything rom the forts and the houses . Shows how they lived and survived.

Visited June 2012
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1 Thank Joyce B
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Brunswick, Maine
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The Little Fort that Could”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

OFW is right beside the Kennebec River on the site of the original fort visited by Benedict Arnold as part of his staging for the march on Quebec City. Everyone knows OFW was the best part of Arnold's campaign, but you might be surprised to see how the fort looked to him and his men. The staff works hard to bring those historic days forward for everyone to experience. It is a quick tour, but worth your time.

Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Stephen T
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Auburn, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
304 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“A cool fort in the downtown area”
Reviewed 27 January 2013

A nice fort hidden in the downtown area. Nice grounds, walking area and fort.

If you do the walks it's about a 2 hour tour. It's a school trips top for many Maine kids, so it can be a bit loud if your there on one of those days.

Visited August 2012
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