Augusta/Kennebec historic attractions add interest to your Maine getaway
Augusta Road (Route 201)
Set on the Sebasticook River, this fort was built in 1754 as part of a series of defenses constructed during the French and Indian War. English settlers built the fort in 1754 to protect colonial settlements along the Kennebec and it served as a garrison for troops from 1754-1766. The building opens once a year, on July 4.
Redington Museum and Apothecary
62 Silver Street
Waterville, ME, 04901
The building housing this museum was built in 1814. Museum offers a local historical collection
of furniture, Civil War and Indian relics, children’s room, period rooms, and a 19th-century apothecary.
Hours: Memorial Day week to Labor Day. To visti, contact caretakers by email at email@example.com
Admission: Adults, $3; children under age 12, $2.
Old Fort Western
16 Cony St.
Augusta, ME, 04330
Built in 1754, this National Historic Landmark is America's oldest surviving wooden fort. Visitors can tour the fort and its store, which contains hundreds of farming and forestry tools essential to the economic life of the settlement.
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, 1 to 4 p.m.; Labor Day through January, weekends or Sundays only.
Information: www.oldfortwestern.org. For visits or programs, see www.oldfortwestern.org/faq.asp
192 State Street
Used as the Maine governor's mansion, this home was given to the state in 1919, although it was constructed much earlier. It has a magnificent formal garden. House tours for individuals and groups are available Tuesday through Thursday, 2-4 p.m. The formal garden is open to the public for self-guided tours by appointment only May 1 through October 1, Tuesday-Thursday, 2-4 p.m.
Maine State House
230 State Street
Visitors may tour the seat of Maine's state government. Interesting collections include Klir Beck wildlife dioramas, the State House portrait collection, and Maine's historic flag collection.
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours may be scheduled by contacting the museum at 207-287-2301.
corner of Madison and High streets
This monument, by Bernard Langlais, is a 62 foot sculpture honoring the Abnaki Indian tribe.