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Augusta is the state’s unusually quaint capital city and it is rife with historical architectural treasures. We suggest you grab a map and scout these three standouts:
Blaine House. The Blaine House is the epitome of mish-moshed New England architectural styles. Originally, this 1883 mansion was home to James G. Blaine, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and an 1884 presidential candidate. But since 1919 this 28-room house has functioned as the official residence of Maine’s governors. Though once built in the Federal style, it has been remodeled several times and today appears semi-colonial.
Old Fort Western. Old Fort Western has two distinctions: First, it has never been attacked. Second, America’s oldest surviving wood fort is still visitable. It was built in 1754, as an effort by Boston merchants to promote settlement near Augusta. Today the grounds feature the original fort, watch boxes and palisade. You can also take a tour with a costumed interpreter to get a feel for what 18th-century life was like on the Kennebec River.
State House. The 180-foot dome represents classic Augusta architecture and belongs to the State House, the city’s capitol building. The original 1827 design has been continually remodeled and enlarged over the years, including a major renovation in 1910 that established the capitol’s current look. Perhaps its most defining feature is a 150-foot copper dome crowned by a statue that depicts the female character Wisdom. It was designed by W. Clark Noble and installed, along with the building’s new dome, in 1910.