Augusta has been the capital city since 1827, seven years after Maine was admitted to the Union. The Capital Building sits as a centerpiece for this special City. Augusta is the center of employment, commerce and service for Central Maine and is where most of the state and county governmental agencies are located. Most statewide organizations in Maine base their offices in this city, which is considered a central location to hold meetings, conferences and banquets, usually in Augusta's Civic Center which is located directly off I-95.
You will find most points of interest in the downtown area. The main historic attraction is probably Fort Western, built by the Plymouth Company in 1754 to protect settlers from the French and Indians. It is located on the Kennebec River. Other sights include Blaine House, Capitol Park, a good Children's Discovery Museum and Maine State Library & Museum which focuses on native inhabitants and 19th century technologies. The Pine Tree State Arboretum has 224 acres with different trees - great in Fall. Belgrade Lakes is close by and is a great day trip.
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