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“A pleasant surprise”
Review of Fort Western

Fort Western
Ranked #3 of 21 things to do in Augusta
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed 17 August 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 bed in the fort. There is so much history in this little place. Our guide mentioned other fort in the area as well that we are tempted to go see.

2  Thank Jodi B
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Reviewed 29 July 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

1  Thank twriker
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Reviewed 28 July 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.

2  Thank thinksafety05
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

Unfortunately, We only got to see the outside. It looked cool. They have very limited hours 1pm to 4pm.

2  Thank Susan H
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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.

4  Thank Sharon D
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