The Oldest Wooden Fort In America Is Right Here In Maine And It’s Amazing

Even though Maine sometimes seems frozen in time, it can be tough to grasp just how far back its history goes. European settlements on the now-uninhabited Saint Croix Island in 1604 and in present-day Phippsburg in 1607 were the first of their kind in what later became the United States. It took another hundred years before Old Fort Western was built in Augusta — but today it still stands as the oldest surviving wooden fort in America.

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Old Fort Western is open for walk-in visits from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From May 26 until the end of June, as well as throughout September, it’s open Friday through Monday. In July, August and October, you can visit seven days a week. Find it at 16 Cony St., Augusta, ME 04330.

While Old Fort Western is one of the oldest historic landmarks in Maine, it’s hardly the only one. Dive deeper into Maine’s rich history at one of these 11 others.