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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Old Fort Western Families Sought

The staff at Old Fort Western in Augusta is looking for descendants of the fort's "tenement-period occupants."
Old Fort Western, the 1754 National Landmark fort, store and house historic site on the riverfront in downtown Augusta, would like to be in touch with the descendants of people who lived in the fort’s main house between 1840 and 1920.

The project is part of a larger effort to more thoroughly interpret the Fort’s 19th- and early 20th-century history.

“As important as the Fort’s military and storekeeping past are to the City of Augusta, the Kennebec Valley, Maine and New England, we should remember that more than anything else during its 253 years, the main house was someone’s home,” said Jay Adams, Old Fort Western’s director and curator. “To the extent we can learn who lived there after 1840, and hopefully be in touch with their descendants, the more we will understand about life at the Fort and in the region through very nearly our own times.” [Link (pdf)]
The linked press release includes a list of fort residents from 1840 to 1920.

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