My memories of childhood tours at Fort Western in Augusta will always be fond ones. I first visited with my Nana in mid-1970s. This was my first introduction what colonial life was like up-close and personal. With the folks that worked there dressed in the attire of the period all the cool reenactments to see, it was always a fun place to learn and travel back in time.

I was also fortunate enough to go back again on field trips when my oldest son was in 5th grade and again with my youngest son when he reached the end of elementary school. I've got a strong feeling that lots of my fellow Mainers got to experience the magic of Fort western with their children too. What a gift to relive those cherished memories from growing up in Maine again with our own kids.

Fort Western was built in 1754 on the banks of the mighty Kennebec River as a trading post during the time of the French and Indian War. See, I payed attention when I was on those tours as a kid. What's amazing is that I can remember that bit of history.

If you as big a fan of Fort Western as I am, you'll be very glad to know that it is officially open just in time for family summer fun.

According to the Old Fort Western Facebook page, the beloved historic landmark welcomed back the public over Memorial Day weekend.

 Here's more from the Augusta, Maine-A Capital Happening Facebook page.

And now back to the Old Fort Western Facebook page for this very cool announcement. You can buy the same teas that Colonel William Lithgow purchased in the second half of the 18th century at this site when it was a trading post.

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