NileGuide Expert Says:
This destination is a great location for history buffs, while also providing a real hands-on historical experience for children.
16 Cony St, Augusta, ME, United States
Unlike many National Historic Landmarks which pay tribute to more familiar milestones in U.S. history, Old Fort Western in Augusta is a reminder of an often overlooked period of conflict in early America – the struggle between England and France for ownership of North America. Built in 1754, the fort served as an outpost for colonial American and British interests exploring the Province of Massachusetts' northwestern frontier. These forces were in direct opposition to the French authorities in Canada and their Abenaki (Maine's major Native American tribe) allies. It is likely because Old Fort Western never saw direct warfare (that was left up to British soldiers stationed at Fort Halifax to the north), that it remains such a superb example of English colonial military might. Visitors can tour the storehouses, barracks and ramparts that make up the fort and, in particular, become better informed about how this little remembered era in the American legacy. Children, especially, will enjoy exploring the interior of this impressive structure while visiting the Augusta area.