Celebrate July4th at Fort Western

Monday, July 4, 2011
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The staff of Old Fort Western, the 1754 National Landmark fort, store and house on the Kennebec River in downtown Augusta cordially invites the public to enjoy Augusta’s Independence Day celebration. The fort will be open for public tours beginning at 1:00 PM. A big change this year will be that Augusta’s Fourth of July Parade will start at 4:00 PM at the Capitol Parking Lot.

After the parade please join us in a traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by the replacing of the British colors with the “new” American flag. Then the cannon will be fired with lots of rousing cheers and well wishes for this wonderful country. This ceremony was first performed in 1776 and has been reenacted at Fort Western for over 50 years!

Before and after the parade, children and adults can enjoy games and refreshments available at the Fort. The Fourth of July celebration will be going on from 5:00 to 9:00 PM at Mill Park in Augusta with live music by Emerald Sky, www.myspace.com/emeraldsky, and

The Zacc Tyler Band, www.myspace.com/zacctylerband, a bounce house, trolley rides, vendors and more! The fort will remain open until 6:00 PM when we will close in preparation for an awesome fire works display at 9:15 PM.

Admission to the fort will be free; food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Donations to benefit Old Fort Western’s educational programming are always welcome.

Please go to www.oldfortwestern.org for more information or become a fan on Facebook to stay connected to the Fort’s summer events! You can always call 626-2385 if you have any questions!

Last Updated (Thursday, 23 June 2011 16:09)


Mainers In The Civil War

An interesting review of this book by author Harry Gratwick can be found on the web site of The Working Waterfront.

A brief excerpt from the review shows us the breadth t

his new book covers:

"The stories of a few of these Mainers (and some others from elsewhere in the country) are the centerpiece of Harry Gratwick’s newest history book, Mainers in the Civil War. There are the generals, heroes and politicians like Joshua Chamberlain, Abner Cony, Hannibal Hamlin, Israel Washburn and Harris Plaisted; other civilians-turned-military men such as Neal Dow who raised the “Prohibition Regiment;” two admirals, Henry Knox Thatcher (grandson of the earlier Henry Knox of Revolutionary War fame) and Thomas Craven, whose wartime court martial was later reversed; a marine, Charles Heywood of Waterville; several islanders; and a distinguished group of women including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Dorothea Dix and Amy Bradley (an East Vassalboro native who worked in southern schools after the war). As if for good measure, Gratwick includes the exploits of two Confederates: Danville Leadbetter of Leeds, who became a Confederate general, and Charles Read, a Confederate naval officer who led a daring raid on Portland, at one point capturing a federal revenue cutter, the Caleb Cushing, which had been anchored in the harbor."



Last Updated (Wednesday, 22 June 2011 16:50)


4100 Gravestone Photos Now online

Spring is in the air (albeit a "moist" air lately) in Maine, and folks are making their way back out to visit their ancestors... in cemeteries.

With the recent addition of a number of stones in Franklin county, the Gravestone Photo project now has more than 4,100 records online.  Check out the project and search for your ancestors, or ask me about how you can help contribute.  It's super easy and fun:

Last Updated (Wednesday, 18 May 2011 06:51)