When I saw a small write-up about Old Fort Western, located in Augusta, Maine, I knew I wanted to see it. Not sure why, because I've got no western in me, but since it was in Maine, and I'm often in that state, I thought, yes, something new to see. I did some research, and noticed that Wikipedia had a lot of information, and refers to this fort as Fort Western, not Old Fort Western. Augusta, the state capital, isn't new to me, since I've been to the state library, as a tag-along to my husband who was doing his genealogy. I've no ancestors from the state.
We got lost in Augusta and stopped at Lisa's Restaurant at 15 Bangor St. for directions to our destination. So glad we did, because we ate one of the best meals ever, and hope to go back again. We were fortunate to learn that Old Fort Western was within walking distance, but our luck ran out when we got there, they were closed!
Even though the online information stated they were open that day. On our September weekday visit, we learned they had just given their last tour to some elementary students, and were preparing to leave. Upon hearing we were from Massachusetts, one guide, out of the goodness of her heart, took us on a quick tour. We were very lucky.
I took a lot of exterior photos before we were allowed to go inside.
"Old Fort Western, built in 1754, is America's oldest surviving wooden fort." Per webpage of City of Augusta, Fort History.
Looking toward Kennebec River.
This is an original room, later used as a store.
According to the guide, the old fort had been enlarged several times. I love this color, and interesting stair design. She did give us some facts and figures, but after four months, I don't trust my memory to write about the rooms.
Updated pamphlet about this site.
From the webpage of City of Augusta, Fort History, see below.
"Old Fort Western, built in 1754 and a National Historic Landmark, is America's oldest surviving wooden fort - a reminder of the great contest between cultures that dominated New England life 250 years ago. The Fort was built by the Kennebec Proprietors, a Boston-based company seeking to settle the lands along the Kennebec River that had been granted to the Pilgrims more than a century earlier. The company and the Province of Massachusetts both were interested in expanding their influence in the area as part of an effort by Britain and her colonies to take final political control of North America and to sever what they saw as the ties between the Abenaki (Maine's Indians) and the French in Canada.