Maine is Home to America’s Oldest Wooden Fort, and It’s Super Cool
We're lucky to have so much history all around us here in Maine. From Acadia National Park to Portland's Old Port, it's everywhere, and it's a part of our daily lives whether we realize it or not. However, were you aware that Maine is home to America's Oldest Wooden Fort?
It's called Old Fort Western, and it's right on the bank of the Kennebec in Augusta! Take a look at C-SPAN's exploratory video below:
According to Old Fort Western's website and OnlyInYourState.com, the structure was built back in 1754 by the Kennebec Proprietors, which was a Boston based group that was looking to settle the area. The location was chosen strategically, as it was the highest navigable point on the river. While it was definitely prepared for battle, fortunately it was never directly attacked. Probably why it's in such good condition today!
The fort has been a national landmark since 1973, and is a popular tourist attraction in the area now. Trained volunteers perform historical re-enactments, as well, giving you an idea of what it would have been like there back in the fort's heyday.
We love our old buildings here at WCYY, and we felt that this one definitely deserves some love. For visitation hours and prices, check out Old Fort Western's website.