Old Fort Niagara

Old Fort Niagara Old Fort Niagara is open year round, offers living-history programs and special events, and features original 18th-century stone fortifications including the “French Castle,” the oldest building on the Great Lakes. www.oldfortniagara.org

Welcome to Old Fort Niagara, where our mission is to preserve, promote and share the history of our National Historic Site, which dates back to 1726. Look here for photos and coverage of upcoming and past events, plus special happenings.

Caller: "Do you do the re-enactments in the rain?"Us: "You bet we do!"Caller: "It's raining in Niagara Falls. How about ...
07/06/2019
Old Fort Niagara

Caller: "Do you do the re-enactments in the rain?"
Us: "You bet we do!"

Caller: "It's raining in Niagara Falls. How about there?"
Us: "Not right now!"

If the weather has you wondering whether or not to visit today, here are some helpful hints:

*Use the link to our live webcam to check on the current conditions!
*There are a number of open buildings (that happen to be the oldest on the Great Lakes, FYI!) that will provide protection should the clouds burst while you're here!
*Umbrellas are fort-friendly!
*On reviewing our records since 1726, nobody at the fort has ever melted in the rain!

Oh, and one more thing, there is only a 30 to 40% chance of rain after 8 pm this evening 🙂

http://bit.ly/french-indian

Fort Niagara is the oldest continuously occupied military site in North America. In 1934, Old Fort Niagara opened as a historic site and public museum. The Fort includes the six oldest buildings in the entire Great Lakes region and serves as Western New York's only tangible link to the Revolutionary...

07/06/2019

Hundreds of wonderful volunteers and reenactors are up and getting ready to start the 2nd full day of activities at this year’s French & Indian War Encampment here at Old Fort Niagara.

An incredible event, just 17 minutes north of Niagara Falls.

Easiest way to get here is by taking the free Discover Niagara Shuttle. Go here for more information:
https://www.oldfortniagara.org/event/100130/french-and-indian-war-encampment

Miss the action today? No worries! There’s lots more starting tomorrow at 10am! #FrenchandIndianWarEncampment #ThePastis...
07/05/2019

Miss the action today? No worries! There’s lots more starting tomorrow at 10am! #FrenchandIndianWarEncampment #ThePastisPresent

07/05/2019
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The French & Indian War Encampment, July 5-7, will feature two all-out British assaults on the Fort. On Saturday and Sun...
07/03/2019
Event : French and Indian War Encampment

The French & Indian War Encampment, July 5-7, will feature two all-out British assaults on the Fort. On Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. British troops will attack French positions in the outer works. Although the siege of Fort Niagara in 1759 did not involve a direct assault on the fort, these demonstrations reveal the nature of 18th century linear warfare. Sunday’s assault will result in the French surrender of the post. Don't miss any action! Full schedule at: http://bit.ly/french-indian

Fort Niagara is the oldest continuously occupied military site in North America. In 1934, Old Fort Niagara opened as a historic site and public museum. The Fort includes the six oldest buildings in the entire Great Lakes region and serves as Western New York's only tangible link to the Revolutionary...

07/02/2019
Discover Niagara Shuttle

Thank you to our friends at the Discover Niagara Shuttle who not only produced this video but has made us their "Stop of the Week" on our biggest weekend of the year (and 40th), the French & Indian War Encampment.

The easiest way to experience Old Fort Niagara is by utilizing the Shuttle to get to us. If you are from out of town and plan to visit, text or call the Shuttle at 716.222.0729 and they'll tell you where to park for free and catch the Discover Niagara Shuttle which is also free.

#DiscoverNiagara #VisittheFort

Our shuttle stop of the week is Old Fort Niagara, a place where you can step back in time to an era when great empires struggled for control of North America. At OFN, history comes alive! Their French & Indian War Encampment is this weekend Jul 5 - Jul 7! #discoverniagara

Coming to the weekend’s encampment? Here are some helpful hints:*Admission is $14/person at the door. Kids ages 5 and un...
07/02/2019
Event : French and Indian War Encampment

Coming to the weekend’s encampment? Here are some helpful hints:

*Admission is $14/person at the door. Kids ages 5 and under are free.
*Present your Fort Niagara State Park toll booth receipt to our admissions staff for a credit toward your admission.
*Arrive by 1:30pm for all of the larger 2pm battle re-enactments. In-and-out access to the walled fort is halted at 1:45pm sharp.
*Food, drinks, snacks and ice cream will be for sale onsite.
*The Niagara Scenic Parkway is open to all fort entrances when coming from the south. When coming from the east, please follow the detour signs along Lake Road.

Click on the link for the program schedule.

We hope to see you Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

Fort Niagara is the oldest continuously occupied military site in North America. In 1934, Old Fort Niagara opened as a historic site and public museum. The Fort includes the six oldest buildings in the entire Great Lakes region and serves as Western New York's only tangible link to the Revolutionary...

Dauphin Battery - French & Indian War Encampment, July 5-7The Dauphin Battery is a five-gun artillery emplacement that p...
07/01/2019

Dauphin Battery - French & Indian War Encampment, July 5-7
The Dauphin Battery is a five-gun artillery emplacement that protects the fort’s Gate of Five Nations and covers the road leading to Niagara Falls. It was originally built in 1756 and named for Louis, Dauphin of France, son of King Louis XV.
Today, the battery is armed with five working cannons, two 12-pounders and three 6-pounders. These guns recreate originals that appear on inventories of the fort’s artillery. The three six-pounders represent captured British guns that were seized at the siege of Oswego in 1756 and sent to Fort Niagara. The two 12-pounders represent French guns. All are mounted on distinctive red French gun carriages. Each day at 4:00 p.m. the cannonier/bombardier of Fort Niagara will fire the battery for visitors. http://bit.ly/french-indian

Native Councils - French & Indian War Encampment, July 5-7During the siege of Fort Niagara, both sides depended upon Nat...
06/30/2019

Native Councils - French & Indian War Encampment, July 5-7
During the siege of Fort Niagara, both sides depended upon Native allies for assistance. Nearly 1,000 Native warriors accompanied the British force that besieged the fort. With the fortunes of war turning against the French, there were only a handful of French allied Natives inside the fort. One of these men, Kaendae, brokered a “stand-down” among British allied Natives in the middle of the siege. Native councils will take place on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Discover the importance to diplomacy to the outcome of the campaign and hear original languages being spoken as different cultures interact. http://bit.ly/french-indian

Here is a stunning and rare ‘sunrise’ image taken from atop our historic Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse this morning. We ar...
06/30/2019

Here is a stunning and rare ‘sunrise’ image taken from atop our historic Old Fort Niagara Lighthouse this morning. We are getting it ready to be opened to the public for free tours starting July 13 through October 14.

New this year is the only hi-def live broadcast with sound lighthouse cam on the Great Lakes. It allows guests to say how they enjoy the view to the world. You can see and hear it live here: https://www.oldfortniagara.org/lighthouse-streaming-webcam.

If you would like a sneak peak and you are in Western New York, Spectrum News Buffalo on channel 1 and 200 on your cable will be doing their Morning Buffalo show starting this Monday, July 1 at approximately 5 am. Live interviews will occur every half hour with the last occurring approximately approximately at 8:30 am. They will be talking about the Lighthouse and our 40th Annual French & Indian War Encampment starting July 5-7. Visit our website to learn more about it and other upcoming events.

You must be at least be 4’ tall and everyone who climbs up the 72 steps to the top must sign a waiver.

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The first battle - French & Indian War Encampment - July 5-7The first day’s battle will depict a French sortie that occu...
06/29/2019

The first battle - French & Indian War Encampment - July 5-7
The first day’s battle will depict a French sortie that occurred on July 11, 1759. In an unplanned and spirited assault, the fort’s French defenders rushed across 500 yards of open ground and overran the British sap. Soldiers laboring in the trench quickly retreated and the French jubilantly celebrated their brief success. Soon, drums rolled in the British camp and reinforcements were on the way. The French retreated back to the safety of the fort and the siege continued. The dramatic French sortie will be recreated on Friday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m. Visitors are advised to arrive before 1:30 p.m. http://bit.ly/french-indian

Join the French Army at the #FrenchandIndianWarEncampment, July 5-7Captain Pierre Pouchot will be looking for good soldi...
06/27/2019

Join the French Army at the #FrenchandIndianWarEncampment, July 5-7
Captain Pierre Pouchot will be looking for good soldiers to help defend the fort against the British. He will be recruiting July 5, 6 and 7 at 1:00 p.m. and volunteers of all ages are encouraged to step forward. Each soldier will be equipped with a wooden musket and taught the 1755 Exercice d’ Infanterie, a manual of arms used by the French Army during the French and Indian War. This is a fun activity for families and children of all ages! #ThePastisPresent

This team of archaeology students is in its final days of the dig! Things wrap up on Monday, July 1. Until then, you're ...
06/26/2019

This team of archaeology students is in its final days of the dig! Things wrap up on Monday, July 1. Until then, you're welcome to stop by (weekdays) and see some of the stuff they've uncovered. #ThePastisPresent

Wednesday June 19:
Today was Buffalo State Day at the fort! We so enjoyed seeing so many of our friends and faculty members! Thank you for visiting us!
Today was an exciting day as we progressed in our new units. We seem to be finding more artifacts in these new units, including lead, bricks, and grape shot. We’ve made it to level 2 in each unit and appear to be encountering another level of stone, similar to the previous units, but varying enough that we’re hopeful to learn more! One of the important things to realize about archaeology, even here at the fort, is that we don’t know exactly what we’ll encounter in our excavation, but everything that we do excavate teaches us more about the history here.

Wireless Communications circa 1759 - Re-enacted July 5-7 at the French & Indian War EncampmentMusic played an important ...
06/25/2019

Wireless Communications circa 1759 - Re-enacted July 5-7 at the French & Indian War Encampment
Music played an important role in eighteenth century armies. Fifes and drums regulated the soldier’s day, conveyed orders and entertained the troops. On July 5, 6 and 7, at 12:30 p.m., the assembled musicians of French and British forces will present a concert of military music from the 1750s at the #FrenchandIndianWarEncampment. Hear popular tunes of the era and learn about duty calls, to which soldiers were trained to respond. #ThePastisPresent

We want to thank our friend and partner the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, their partners, stakeholders like New ...
06/21/2019

We want to thank our friend and partner the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, their partners, stakeholders like New York Power Authority, Niagara Falls State Park, USA, Niagara Falls USA to name a couple, elected leaders and supporters of heritage for securing sustainable funding for the FREE Discover Niagara Shuttle.

This shuttle will continue to guarantee to bring 1000s of visitors each year to experience Old Fort Niagara as it operates from Niagara Falls to 17 stops including Old Fort Niagara along their route. Prior to the Shuttle, these same people would not have been able to. With funding secured it will expand to Lockport as well.

A special thanks go to executive director Sara Beilein Capen whose herculean efforts as executive director of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area made the Shuttle what it is.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/2ZIYyFD

Senator Rob Ortt, Assemblyman Mike Norris, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello

The Siege of Fort Niagara, 1759 (Re-enacted July 5-7, 2019)A siege occurs when an enemy fortress is too strong to be tak...
06/20/2019

The Siege of Fort Niagara, 1759 (Re-enacted July 5-7, 2019)

A siege occurs when an enemy fortress is too strong to be taken by a quick assault. When the British force of some 3,500 men arrived at Fort Niagara on July 6, 1759, they were very surprised to find a fortification much stronger than they expected. The plan was to dig a zig-zag trench or “sap” toward the fort, moving artillery closer and closer to the fort’s stout earthen fortifications. When the guns were close enough, they began to pound the fort’s walls. Other artillery pieces, called mortars, lobbed exploding iron bombs over the walls, much to the annoyance of the French garrison within.

Visitors to Old Fort Niagara’s French and Indian War Encampment will discover the intricacies and dangers of siege warfare in the 18th century. On Friday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m. British engineers will demonstrate how saps and batteries were laid out, and soldiers on both sides will enter the works to begin firing at their opponents. The 19-day siege of Fort Niagara in 1759 was one of the longer sieges of the French and Indian War.

#ThePastisPresent #FrenchandIndianWarEncampment

Trooping of Colors - French & Indian War Encampment, Friday, July 5, 10:30 a.m. The fort's 40th anniversary of the Frenc...
06/18/2019

Trooping of Colors - French & Indian War Encampment, Friday, July 5, 10:30 a.m.
The fort's 40th anniversary of the French & Indian War Encampment will open with the impressive trooping of the colors! This formal military ceremony goes back to the 17th century with roots even further in the past. During the ceremony, regimental flags are paraded before the troops. In battle, flags served as rallying points so soldiers needed to quickly recognize their own regimental colors. The trooping ceremony opens the three-day event with both French and British forces arrayed on the fort’s glacis. From here, soldiers will disburse to their respective battle lines and prepare to dispute possession of Old Fort Niagara.
The full schedule is here: https://www.oldfortniagara.org/event/100130/french-and-indian-war-encampment

It’s another great weekend for learning #ThePastisPresent at Old Fort Niagara!
06/15/2019

It’s another great weekend for learning #ThePastisPresent at Old Fort Niagara!

Last year Old Fort Niagara and Fort Michilmackinac re-established a staff exchange started in the 1980s. Pictured is the Old Fort Niagara, and Fort Michilimackinac friends and staff who participated in last year’s exchange. This year, it’s our turn to host. Visit June 15-16th from 9am-5pm for special programming thanks to this exchange!

06/14/2019

HAPPY FLAG DAY! Our 28 ft x 24 ft, 1812 Garrison Flag reproduction is flying high above the Visitor Center today only. The original (yes, original!) flag is proudly on display in the fort's museum. It's a beautiful day to pay tribute to the flag! We're open until 5 pm (last tickets at 4:30).

Rain or shine, there are things to explore at the fort! Tomorrow is Flag Day and over the weekend, we'll have visiting r...
06/13/2019
Old Fort Niagara

Rain or shine, there are things to explore at the fort! Tomorrow is Flag Day and over the weekend, we'll have visiting reenactors here for the Revolutionary War Garrison. (Just pack an umbrella or poncho!)
You can always check on conditions from the Lighthouse webcam: https://www.oldfortniagara.org/lighthouse-streaming-webcam

Fort Niagara is the oldest continuously occupied military site in North America. In 1934, Old Fort Niagara opened as a historic site and public museum. The Fort includes the six oldest buildings in the entire Great Lakes region and serves as Western New York's only tangible link to the Revolutionary...

Check out this article by HI Travel Tales who recently visited the Niagara Falls area and included Old Fort Niagara amon...
06/05/2019
7 best things to do in Niagara Falls – American side

Check out this article by HI Travel Tales who recently visited the Niagara Falls area and included Old Fort Niagara among the best things to do! Thanks, HI Travel Tales!

While a visit to the Niagara waterfalls is a must, there is so much more to do in and around Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. We'll show you the seven best things to do in Niagara Falls

They've broken ground! Here's an update from the Buffalo State archaeology students' page.
06/04/2019

They've broken ground! Here's an update from the Buffalo State archaeology students' page.

Monday June 3:
We broke ground this afternoon on three test pits: units 44, 45, and 46–all 1m x 1m squares. This was completed after a cold and windy morning finishing our total station survey and EMI. It was very exciting to remove the sod from the test units and take our first photos and measurements of our excavation. We look forward to continued progress tomorrow!

Download the new Discover Niagara Shuttle app. The Shuttle is free and it’s the best and easiest way to come visit us at...
06/04/2019

Download the new Discover Niagara Shuttle app.

The Shuttle is free and it’s the best and easiest way to come visit us at the Fort if you are in Niagara Falls or any of the stops that are on their 14 mile route to us.

#discoverniagara
#thepastispresent

Our updated mobile apps are now both available for iOS and Android. You can download them here:

iOS: http://ow.ly/95br50uuuz2

Android: http://ow.ly/L0Qi50uuuz5

We're excited to welcome archaeology students from Buffalo State College for some onsite discoveries over the coming mon...
05/30/2019

We're excited to welcome archaeology students from Buffalo State College for some onsite discoveries over the coming month. Starting soon, they will be up to their elbows in dirt and hidden history, with literal proof that #ThePastisPresent! Come visit and witness their learning and discoveries!

Tuesday May 28:
Welcome to BSC Field School 2019 Season!
This season we are very excited to be excavating Building 428, a Revolutionary War barracks near to the North Redoubt and built in 1757. We will also be looking at and analyzing faunal remains excavated from a midden in 2001.
Today was an introductory day focusing on the history of Old Fort Niagara and looking at a few previously excavated artifacts in order to familiarize ourselves with what we can expect to find this season.
We also ventured over to Rockwell Hall here at Buff State to meet with Dr. Chen and her students to run RTI, or Reflectance Transformation Imaging, on a copper coin excavated in 2017. RTI uses raking light to image surfaces that are not visible to the naked eye. We’ll share more details of our finds there later.
This season we have five students joining the BSC Archaeology field school team, and we’ll be sure to introduce you all soon!
Thanks for joining us for another season, we can’t wait to share our findings with you all!

Address

102 Morrow Plz
Youngstown, NY
14174

Open 9:00am daily, all year around. Public transportation available by Discover Niagara Shuttle from 9am to 7pm daily through October.(www.discoverniagara.org/shuttle) Closed January 1; U.S. Thanksgiving; December 25. Tickets sales end a half hour before the site closes.January 9:00am - 5:00pm February 9:00am - 5:00pm March 9:00am - 5:00pm April 9:00am - 5:00pm May 9:00am - 5:00pm June 9:00am - 5:00pm July 9:00am - 7:00pm August 9:00am - 7:00pm September 9:00am - 5:00pm October 9:00am - 5:00pm November 9:00am - 5:00pm December 9:00am - 5:00pm

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 18:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:30
Thursday 09:00 - 18:30
Friday 09:00 - 18:30
Saturday 09:00 - 18:30
Sunday 09:00 - 18:30

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(716) 745-7611

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