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Address: 16 Cony Street, Augusta, ME 04330-5200
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+1 207-626-2385

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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Not easy to find, but worth the search

It was round-about to find this fort (even with GPS). But, the views on the river are beautiful. And, the fort has a nice history. The tour was inexpensive, but informative. I... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
Linda O
Cranford, New Jersey
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Breukelen Ut
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802 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is for history buffs that are into what happened over two hundred years ago in Augusta Maine. The upkeep is reasonable. It does give you a picture of how things used to be.

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Cranford, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

It was round-about to find this fort (even with GPS). But, the views on the river are beautiful. And, the fort has a nice history. The tour was inexpensive, but informative. I would recommend it for kids and adults.

Thank Linda O
Bangor, Maine
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Got to share a field trip with my children. We had re-enactors throughout all the buildings. Not sure if they are available at all times this museum is open. Children were able to take [art in some activities. Very enjoyable.

Thank oceanpackrat
Fairfield, Maine
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37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

one of the oldest forts along with fort Halifax for traders,Indians, must see when in area, explains Benedict Arnold expedition to canada

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Waterville, Maine
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

I went as a child and still remember ! Great place to learn and experience history. Hands on and made fun. One of my favorite fielf trips. Staff is friendly and very infomrative. Highly reccomend !

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Long Island, New York
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5 reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 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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472 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 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 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 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.

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