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Augusta in Kennebec County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western Marker
Inscription.

As part of the strategy to expand and strengthen Massachusetts' territorial claims along the Kennebec River, a Boston-based land company, the Kennebec Proprietors, built Fort Western in 1754. Commanded by James Howard, the Fort served as a forward supply base for Massachusetts-built Fort Halifax, 17 miles upriver. Fort Western was never attacked, but remained garrisoned until 1767. In 1769, Howard purchased the fort buildings and surrounding land. Howard and sons William and Samuel engaged in various businesses at the fort, including the lucrative lumber trade and mercantile business for the settlement. During the American Revolution, Benedict Arnold and his 1,000 plus force stopped at Fort Western for six days in the fall of 1775 on their ill-fated march to Quebec City.

Dans sa stratégie d'expansion et de renforcement du territoire du Massachusetts le long du fleuve Kennebec, une entreprise foncière basée à Boston, les Propriétaires du Kennebec, construisirent le Fort Western en 1754. Commandé par James Howard, le Fort servait de base de ravitaillement pour le Fort Halifax construit par le Massachusetts, à 27 kilomètres en amont. Le Fort Western nu fut jamais attaqué mais abrita une garnison jusqu'en 1767. En 1769, Howard acheta les bâtiments du fort et les terrains qui l'entouraient. Howard et ses fils

Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western Marker
Marker at far left of photo, looking west
William et Samuel se lancèrent dans plusieurs commerces au sein du fort, dont le commerce lucratif du bois et la vente de produits de consommation pour les colons. Pendant la Révolution Américaine, Benedict Arnold et ses mille soldats firent escale au Fort Western pendant six jours en automne 1775 dans leur marche infortunée vers la ville de Québec.

[Illustration captions read]
• Plan of Fort Western from a map engraved in 1755 by Thomas Johnston

• Artist Lisa Lyons' sketch of early Fort Western.
 
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 3.)
 
Location. 44° 18.992′ N, 69° 46.281′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is on Cony Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at the intersection of Cony Street and the east side of the Kennebec River Bridge, on the left when traveling west on Cony Street. Marker is in this post office area: Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birds and Fish of the Kennebec (here, next to this marker); First Kennebec Bridge / Le premier pont du Kennebec (here, next to this marker); Sousa the nonpariel / L'incomparable Souza

Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
3. Old Fort Western / Le vieux Fort Western
(within shouting distance of this marker); Gunshots Reverberate on the Kennebec / Des coups de fusil résonnent sur le fleuve Kennebec (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Comfort Magazine / Le Magazine Comfort (about 400 feet away); Cushnoc Trading Post / Le Comptoir Commercial De Cushnoc (about 400 feet away); 1775 Quebec Expedition (about 400 feet away); Cushnoc Trading Post (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old Fort Western History. (Submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Fort Western. (Submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Old City Hall and Old Fort Western image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. Old City Hall and Old Fort Western
Looking NE across the Kennebec River
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 76 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 29, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on November 30, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on December 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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