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Characters from the 18th century await you and guide you through the fort--fantastic immediate experience.

It's a refurbishment of the early establishment with root in the mid-18th century and through the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ralph M
Amazing surprise about a hidden time in US history

The buildings are fascinating and well-maintained examples of seventeenth-century colonial life... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Bridget G
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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
16 Cony St, Augusta, ME 04330-5200
+1 207-626-2385
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Reviewed 6 days ago

It's a refurbishment of the early establishment with root in the mid-18th century and through the War of Independence, including a part in Benedict Arnold's campaign toward the north. A good feeling of that age and its technologies and ways of living. Historical background that...More

Thank Ralph M
Reviewed 4 March 2018

The buildings are fascinating and well-maintained examples of seventeenth-century colonial life. The history spans the early days in the colonies' struggles for independence, the war itself, and the next few decades after Independence. A staff of volunteer guides is ready to go through each inch...More

1  Thank Bridget G
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This was a trip back in time to the French and Indian War period. Our guide did an outstanding job on his presentation of the building, the objects inside and the fort. It was an educational and historical presentation. I agree with another reviewer, this...More

1  Thank MHP8473
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Amazing details about every stage of life the fort had. Great guides who not only know the history but want to tell it. Also getting to hold three types of cannon balls and run through the steps of firing a cannon was awesome.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Tour guide did a great time teaching us all about Western fort. So happy we stopped he taught lots about all the things they used at the fort

Thank Mountainman827
Reviewed 8 September 2017

A great place to visit for both adults and children. They have people dressed in the time period and they answer your questions as if they where in the time.

Thank PinetreeMaine
Reviewed 5 September 2017

The guides are in costume and walk you through the different sections, very open to answering questions and pointing out the unique historical items. Very interesting experience, awesome seeing some of the original items from the fort's history. Some things are replicas, of course, but...More

Thank Seren1tea
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We had a wonderful tour and learned a lot about the fort during colonial times as well as later. I recommend visiting the Maine State Museum first, as it provides an overview of area history. Our tour guide was entertaining and educational. She has a...More

Thank Jean_on_a_beach
Reviewed 20 August 2017

This gem is under appreciated. We were led by a guide named " Missy". She was knowledgaeable and enthusiastic. This is run by the City of Augusta, Maine but deserves to be in the National Park Service. Originally an English garrison of the French and...More

3  Thank Dan S
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Great place for history buffs, and history-buffs-in-the-making. Our tour of this mid-1700s fort was informative and quite a bit of fun. It brought us through local history from the time when the site was a Native American trading post, through the French and Indian War,...More

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28 May 2017|
Response from Cathy C |
Open for tours 10-4 Friday through Monday in June. In July and August daily 10-4. September through Columbus Day 10-4 Friday though Monday. The last tour of the day will be at 3:30.
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Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day: 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Weekdays) CLOSED TUESDAYS 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m (Weekends) Labor Day to Columbus Day: 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Weekends only)