Old Fort Western is a National Historic Landmark built in 1754 and is Maine’s and New England’s oldest surviving wooden French & Indian War fort garrison. James Howard’s Company garrisoned the Fort and guarded the head of navigation on the Kennebec in the 1750s and 60s. Benedict Arnold used the Fort site as a staging point for his assault on Quebec during the American Revolution. From 1762-1784 the S & W Howard Store operated out of the garrison building providing goods and services to the settlers of the central Kennebec. Our collections and exhibits put you in mind of those historic times. The fort is the stewards of the following archaeological collections: Cushnoc Trading Post (Pilgrim trading post, 1628-1649); Fort Richmond (1719-1752); Fort Halifax & Fort Western (1754-1766/67). We also have five surviving account ledgers from the store dating 1767-1807.