Martha Ballard's World

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Martha Ballard's World: A Fort Western Program for Adults

Fort Western Opens “2022 The Year of the Fort” celebration with
Martha Ballard’s World: Wife, Mother, Healer, Horticulturist.  Come join us on May 15, 2022, from 1pm to 4pm for a look into the life of a Colonial Woman in Hallowell, Maine. From 1pm to 3pm there will be rotating stations that center around activities that Martha herself wrote about in her diary during the month of May.

  • At the kitchen hearth make cinnamon butter, and savory herbed butter for the scones to be served at the afternoon tea. Learn about where cinnamon and sugar came from, how it was processed, packaged, and shipped during the colonial period. Making and trading butter was a common activity of Martha’s.
  • Textiles played an important role in Martha and her daughters’ lives. Work different types of looms learn about fibers, and card and spin wool.
  • Martha often made candles for lighting her home and to sell to local merchants.  She and her daughters spun their own wicks and most of her candlemaking involved tallow.  Beeswax was only mentioned for use in medicinal salves and ointments.
  • In the Garden, learn about herbs and the plants available for the 18th century housewife for consumption and healing.
  • At 3 pm there will be an 18th Century tea in the south parlor of the Garrison where Martha actually came and often partook tea with Susanna Cony Howard (Judge James Howard, 2nd wife).

The cost for this program is $25.  Please call to register.  Registration closes May 13th at 4 pm. Go to for registration materials. 

As a Mother’s Day Special any books sold in the Old Fort Western gift shop pertaining to being a wife and mother will be 20% off retail on the day of the event.  The following titles are available for purchase: “Early American Herb Recipes,” Alice Cooke Brown; “A Weaver’s Garden,” Rita Buchanan; “The American Frugal Housewife,” Lydia Maria Child; “Home Life in Colonial Day,” Alice Morse Earle; “The Art of Cookery,” Hannah Glasse; “A Women’s Life in Colonial Days,” Carl Holliday; “Historic Taverns & Tea Rooms in Maine,” Kathy & Bill Kenny; “The First American Cookbook,” Amelia Simmons; “Age of Homespun”, “Good Wives,” and “A Midwives Tale,” Laurel Thatcher Ulrich; and “Homespun Sarah," Verla Kay (children’s book).

Fort Western will reopen for tours on Saturday, May 28th for its 2022 Tour Season. Please go to, call 626-2385, visit or Facebook at Old Fort Western – Augusta, Maine, to learn the Fort’s tour schedule and fees and to learn more about this program and other scheduled events. Fort Western is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, protect and interpret the National Historic Landmark, Fort, Store, and House located on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine.
Martha Ballard's World Itinerary
Martha Ballard's World Registration
Martha Ballard's World Medical Liability Release
Martha Ballard's World Discounted Book List