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Address: 16 Cony Street, Augusta, ME 04330-5200
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2016
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Waterville, Maine
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Fairfield, Maine
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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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21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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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Colorado Springs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

Interesting restored fort with buildings and surrounding fence wall restored and open for tours. It was heavily used as a trading post and was party to some disputes about owner ship that turned deadly. Originally constructed in the 1700s, it's been used for many things over the years, but is lovingly restored now. Worth the tour. Grounds are nice to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Super interesting history, delivered by really knowledgeable, kind folks in small group tours. And it's the oldest wooden fort in North America -- so worth seeing it. You'll also get a good sense of the history of this part of Maine to boot.

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Princeton, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I think we lucked out -- the docent was very knowledgeable, very interesting -- answered a lot of questions for us. In all, we spent over an hour touring the fort. This was originally a pre-Revolution fort, but then it morphed into a store, a family house, then on to tenements -- basically, you could see over 200 years of... More 

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