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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.
Perth, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
224 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Not open”
Reviewed 16 July 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!

Visited July 2014
3 Thank 121bw
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Ellicott City, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
309 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
“Interesting trip into the past”
Reviewed 2 July 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 makes the lesson come alive.

Our tour was a little awkward because we were the only guests. I suppose some people would like a private tour, but I think it would have been better with other visitors. The buildings at the fort are quite old and are quite dusty and have unusual smells. Still, the fort makes for an interesting quick visit.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank radx4
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Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“History comes alive!”
Reviewed 27 June 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 and last about an hour. I was a bit skeptical about the length of time, but we decided to go for it. Wow! We learned so much in that hour about the French and Indian war, about how the history of the Kennebec River fit into the history of Maine and the history of the US overall. We ended up staying for a bit over an hour.

Our guide was super knowledgable and friendly, and I know he wasn't one of the knowledgeable and friendly reviewers mentioned in past commentary, as he had only been there for a few weeks!

HIghly, highly recommend.

Visited June 2014
3 Thank LAesquared
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Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2013

As a native of Maine who left years ago I still go back to visit. I often take my guests to Fort Western. Its such a fun unique place that is a great surprise to many who visit. A good companion book is The Midwives Tale by Martha Ballard. This is her diary chronicling every day life as -you guessed it-being
a midwife in Maine. She talks a lot about the local families of Augusta and knowing the back story makes the tour that much more interesting. But beware-the fort has a very limited schedule and closes early in the season.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank hulettdi
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Poland, Maine
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A pleasant surprise”
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.

Visited August 2013
2 Thank Jodi B
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