The James Howard’s Company, Reenactors of Fort Western, will host a French & Indian War Encampment on Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 10:30am until 3:30pm and Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 10:30am until 2:00pm at Fort Western (1754) on the east bank of the Kennebec River in the heart of downtown Augusta.
Throughout the weekend, reenactors will portray the garrison of Fort Western during the year 1758, a year when the soldiers were fearful of attack, and bitter because of their long enlistments at the lonely and isolated fort. On Saturday, there will be musket firing demonstrations from 10:30am to 12:00pm. During the afternoon, the soldiers will be on the parade ground learning and practicing Ranger and Light Infantry woods fighting techniques. On Sunday morning, starting at 10:30am, the public is invited to join in the soldiers’ worship service. Following the service, the reenactors will practice woods fighting techniques at Viles Arboretum on Hospital Street. The public is invited to join the woods walk. The Howard Company will break camp at 2:00pm.
During the encampment, visitors are invited to walk through the Fort, Store, and House to view period rooms and exhibits and talk with historical costumed interpreters about daily life in the 18th century. Admission rates: $10.00 Adults, $6.00 Children (6-14), $8.00 Seniors & Veterans, $25.00 family (5), and $1.00 AAA discounts. Augusta residents and active military are free of charge. Hours: August: Open Daily 10-4pm; September & October: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, 10-4pm.
Fort Western (1754) is America’s oldest surviving wooden French & Indian War garrison illuminating 300 years of Maine and New England history. For more information, please visit our website at www.oldfortwestern.org or call 626-2385 or e-mail us at .