Fort Western
Fort Western
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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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Wildflower
Montgomery, MI669 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
Old Fort Western, a supply garrison built in 1628 at the site of a Cushnoc trading post, is an important historic site. Located along the beautiful Kennebec River, it stands like a sentinel preserving 300 years of Maine and New England history. It is a must see and even has a gift shop.
Written 15 August 2022
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Carla R
York, ME5 contributions
Aug 2022
Exciting news ahead for Fort Western with the rebuilding of the Cushnoc Trading Post near its first site. Cushnoc was the post established by the pilgrim forefathers in 1628. Because of this post, the pilgrims were able to repay their loan to those in England who financed the journey. The fort has wonderful tours taking one back into history. Great gift shop!
Written 15 August 2022
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Dave I
Westover, MD872 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Our tour guide was Robin. She did an excellent job bringing the old fort to life. The 1754 fort was virtually gone, but the Howard family revived the fort donating a lot of what you see. With exception of the building most of the fort had to be rebuilt. Plenty of parking and at an affordable entry fee that is well worth the price. Highly recommend visiting. Modern Restroom on site along with a gift shop.
Written 2 August 2022
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william b
Easthampton MA304 contributions
Jul 2022
Fort Western is a donation supported venue in Augusta. The docents, in period costume, detail the history behind the fort, the historical events occurring at this time period, and in full detail, the docents transform you into their time and space. We learned what life was like at the beginning for those young people living in a far away land. We learned about the French and Indian Wars and how the fort managed to stay out of the conflict and actually be a safe place for soldiers to be stations. However, the soldiers were required to move tons of supplies along the river to other forts - a back breaking push. The docents relished questions from guests and had answers to most historical questions asked. It was also interesting to see where the swim events would start for the Ironman Event. We learned that the river was a tidal river, there were 3 foot fish living in that water (you could see them jump out of the river) and just up from the Fort the water was shallow enough to walk in that water. This is truly a must stop for history.
Written 2 August 2022
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Marti Briney
9 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Interesting to learn how people in the fort lived and survived, and how the fort was repurposed over the years
Written 23 July 2022
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AlcesterMartyn
Alcester, UK478 contributions
Jun 2022
We came to Augusta on a road trip hoping to see the Maine State Museum, but it is currently closed for asbestos removal. We moved on to Fort Western and spent two hours on a guided tour with Stan ( a reenactor) who greatly added to our knowledge of the run up to the events of 1776, Benedict Arnold and the French Indian Wars. The watchhouses are reconstructions but the blockhouse is original and survived as a trading post, and later tenement building long after the site was used for defensive purposes.

It is certainly well worth a visit if you are in Augusta, and the staff are extremely passionate and knowledgable about this period in Colonial History - even down to flying the right version of the Red Ensign and the Battle of Jenkins Ear!
Written 25 June 2022
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Heidi A
California17 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
A fascinating tour led by Tom gave us interesting and informative details about the history of the area and how the oldest standing wooden structure in the US has been utilized throughout history since 1754. We learned about its ties to the French and Indian war. Our teens also had some hands on experiences with the cannons and rifles. The doctor was even visiting the fort and taught us about some of the medicines and tools used at the time. This was an enjoyable visit that we highly recommend!
Written 20 June 2022
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Darrell J
Maryville, TN15 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
A nice little stop in Augusta. Don’t let the size of the area fool you. It’s a guided tour packed full of history. You’ll only need an hour but it’s worth it and proceeds go to preserving this important piece of history.
Written 8 June 2022
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Julie
Chattanooga, TN11 contributions
May 2022 • Family
We stopped here to break up a road trip and have a picnic. The fort was actually closed but the carpenter let us in and gave us a tour (there were no listed charges but they charged $35 for our family of 8). Two hours later we left knowing all about the actual structures, how to fire a cannon, trade on the river, the history of the publishing industry in Augusta and so much more.
Written 25 May 2022
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Paul K
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Sep 2021 • Couples
My girlfriend and I came here on a whim as the museum next to the State House is closed for the next few years, and I am glad I did. Fort Western is a well preserved outpost set on the frontier of Maine (then Massachusetts) and is a great glimpse into a period of the 18th century before the enlightenment of the American Revolution but after the height of puritanical hysteria that gripped New England from the 17th century.

We had Lance as our guide and he was incredibly knowledgeable and clearly passionate for this piece of history. He answered every question I had and provided insightful perspective each time. We came about five minutes late but after the tour he caught us up on what we missed.

I believe we clocked in at least an hour but there are restrooms on site. It might be a little shorter because both myself and another guest asked a lot of questions. Accessibility note: there are a two parts where you need to climb stairs which in is the blockhouse and the building in the middle. Contact ahead and see if they’re able to accommodate.

Price for adults is $10 each. Children are free. I believe active duty is also free but don’t quote me on that. They also rely on donations so bring some cash to drop in the donation boxes.

Sidenote: the gift shop is surprisingly well priced for a gift shop. It sells neat items like hatchets, powder horns, and drinkware for half of what you’d expect from a gift shop.
Written 8 September 2021
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