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Old Fort Western

Augusta, Maine

Old Fort Western, located in Augusta, Maine, dates from 1754 and is the oldest surviving wooden fort in America. The fort was built to support Fort Halifax, seventeen miles to the north, and was garrisoned by a small Massachusetts provincial unit. The fort was never attacked directly, although Private Edward Whalen, a member of the garrison, was captured in 1755 while delivering dispatches to Fort Halifax. Whalen spent four years in captivity, first among the Indians and then among the French, before his release during a prisoner exchange in 1760. Wolfe's 1760 capture of Quebec effectively brought an end to hostilities in the region and a garrison remained at the fort only until 1767.

16 Cony Street
Augusta, Maine 04330
(207) 626-2385
(207) 626-2304

Hours of Operation

Open from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Open weekends only from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m., Labor Day to Columbus Day. Other hours: open first Sunday in November, December, January and March, 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.

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