Old Fort Western Four Forts, One Story and Archaeological Bus Tour


Old Fort Western continues its “2022 the Year of the Fort” celebration with Four Forts, One Story and an archaeological bus tour. Come join the archaeologists who helped excavate each site on a day trip on June 11.

Departing Fort Western at 9:15 a.m., the bus will travel down the river to Fort Richmond Park in Richmond. Once there, Dr. Leith Smith, MHPC historical archaeologist, will take a tour of the archaeological site of Fort Richmond (1721-1755). Next stop will be Pownalborough Courthouse in Dresden where Leon Cranmer, retired historical archaeologist from the MHPC, will take a tour of the archaeological site of Fort Frankfort/Shirley (1752-1759). The bus will then head to Augusta where Leon Cranmer and Emerson Baker, professor of history at the University of Salem, will share information about the archaeological excavations of Fort Western (1754-1767). The last stop will be in Winslow where Leon Cranmer will take a tour of the archaeological site of Fort Halifax (1754-1766). Dr. Bruce Bourque, Curator Emeritus of Archeology at the Maine State Museum and Emeritus Lecturer in Anthropology at Bates College in Lewiston, will also be in attendance. Early in his career, Bruce worked at several of these fort sites. The bus will return to Fort Western at 4:00 p.m.

This visit coincides with Winslow’s Fort Halifax Days where there will be demonstrations, music and vendors. This visit also coincides with the Pownalborough Courthouse Living History Weekend, where the Colonial Maine Living History Association will present 18and know-how and activities of the century.

Upon arrival, participants will receive a Fort booklet and at each site they will receive an information card relating to that site to insert. They will also receive passes to return to Pownalborough Courthouse and Old Fort Western for more in-depth museum tours any day and at any time during their normal hours. Before leaving for Winslow, a selection of box lunches will be provided by Wrapped Up in Augusta. The cost of this program is $50. Please call to register. Closing of registrations on Friday, June 3 at 4 p.m. Go to www.oldfortwestern.org for registration materials and lunch box options.

As a Father’s Day special, all books sold in the Old Fort Western Gift Shop with a military or archaeological theme will be 20% off the retail price on the day of the event. The following titles are available for purchase: ‘Our Beloved Kin’, Lisa Brooks; “The Swordfish Hunters”, Bruce Bourque; “Cushnoc: The History and Archeology of Plymouth Colony Traders on the Kennebec” and “History and Archeology of Fort Halifax,” Leon Cranmer and Perlston Pert; “French and Indian Wars in Maine,” Mike Dekker; “Forts in Maine”, Harry Gratwick; “Somehow for the provincials”, Jim Mullins; and, “A Soldier~Like Way”, RR Gale.

Fort Western will reopen for tours on Saturday, May 28 for his 2022 season. Please go to www.oldfortwestern.orgcall 207-626-2385, visit www.oldfortwestern.org, or Facebook at Old Fort Western – Augusta, Maine, for Fort tour schedules and prices, and to learn about other scheduled events. Fort Western is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and interpret the National Historic Landmark, Fort, Store and House located on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine.


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