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.
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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.

Operating as usual

A bald eagle- seen in a tree just east of the fort’s Lake Bastion on May 12.
05/13/2021

A bald eagle- seen in a tree just east of the fort’s Lake Bastion on May 12.

A bald eagle- seen in a tree just east of the fort’s Lake Bastion on May 12.

This weekend Old Fort Niagara will host Civil War Artillery School where members are trained for certification on 19th c...
05/11/2021

This weekend Old Fort Niagara will host Civil War Artillery School where members are trained for certification on 19th century artillery pieces. Firing times for Saturday are 11:15am, 12:45pm and 3:00pm. Sundays times are 11:15am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm.
The event is sponsored by Reynolds Battery 1st New York Light Artillery.

This weekend Old Fort Niagara will host Civil War Artillery School where members are trained for certification on 19th century artillery pieces. Firing times for Saturday are 11:15am, 12:45pm and 3:00pm. Sundays times are 11:15am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm.
The event is sponsored by Reynolds Battery 1st New York Light Artillery.

Bishop Michael William Fisher, of the Diocese of Buffalo, visited the fort for a special tour with Executive Director Ro...
05/10/2021

Bishop Michael William Fisher, of the Diocese of Buffalo, visited the fort for a special tour with Executive Director Robert Emerson this past Sunday, May 9th. Pictured (L to R) Father Cole Webster of St. Peter’s Church in Lewiston, soldiers of Regiment de Bearn and Le Compagnie franche de la Marine and Bishop Fisher.

Bishop Michael William Fisher, of the Diocese of Buffalo, visited the fort for a special tour with Executive Director Robert Emerson this past Sunday, May 9th. Pictured (L to R) Father Cole Webster of St. Peter’s Church in Lewiston, soldiers of Regiment de Bearn and Le Compagnie franche de la Marine and Bishop Fisher.

Over more than three centuries, soldiers have served their country at Fort Niagara. Sometimes far from home, and sometim...
05/06/2021
WWII dog tag washes onshore at Fort Niagara, finds its way back to owner’s daughter

Over more than three centuries, soldiers have served their country at Fort Niagara. Sometimes far from home, and sometimes just down the road. But these soldiers have always left their mark. History is beneath your feet everywhere you step!

YOUNGSTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) – A WWII dog tag found on the shore of Lake Ontario near Old Fort Niagara has found its way home. Newfane resident Brooklynn Czelusta found the silver tag while beachc…

Here is an image of the French Castle at night, courtesy of the Rochester Institute of Technology Big Shot Program.
05/03/2021

Here is an image of the French Castle at night, courtesy of the Rochester Institute of Technology Big Shot Program.

Here is an image of the French Castle at night, courtesy of the Rochester Institute of Technology Big Shot Program.

Remember to register for the upcoming free Zoom lecture with historian Mark R. Anderson. The author will discuss the Bat...
04/23/2021

Remember to register for the upcoming free Zoom lecture with historian Mark R. Anderson. The author will discuss the Battle of the Cedars fought in May 1776 west of Montreal. Anderson is the author of a new book “Down the Warpath to the Cedars.” The program will take place on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 pm. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArdOyvrzIqG9ADWf2DPHgM8qDueJOt-l5t

Books are now in stock at the Visitor Center Museum Shop or you can purchase the book here: https://www.shopoldfortniagara.org/product/down-the-warpath-to-the-cedars/
The fort is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm

Sales benefit Old Fort Niagara

Remember to register for the upcoming free Zoom lecture with historian Mark R. Anderson. The author will discuss the Battle of the Cedars fought in May 1776 west of Montreal. Anderson is the author of a new book “Down the Warpath to the Cedars.” The program will take place on Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 pm. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArdOyvrzIqG9ADWf2DPHgM8qDueJOt-l5t

Books are now in stock at the Visitor Center Museum Shop or you can purchase the book here: https://www.shopoldfortniagara.org/product/down-the-warpath-to-the-cedars/
The fort is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm

Sales benefit Old Fort Niagara

Our historic lighthouse webcam becomes a sunset cam in the spring and summer months as the sun moves further north. With...
04/23/2021

Our historic lighthouse webcam becomes a sunset cam in the spring and summer months as the sun moves further north. With no filter it’ll hit the lens and refract in places we didn’t know the lighthouse had.

The sound you hear (yes our cam has sound is a large dehumidifier that keeps the lighthouse structure healthy.

Enjoy it live each night. Oh, thanks to our friends at niagarafallslive.com who pay for the streaming.

Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce
Discover The Shores of Niagara
Niagara Falls USA

#sunsetsRbetterhere

Our historic lighthouse webcam becomes a sunset cam in the spring and summer months as the sun moves further north. With no filter it’ll hit the lens and refract in places we didn’t know the lighthouse had.

The sound you hear (yes our cam has sound is a large dehumidifier that keeps the lighthouse structure healthy.

Enjoy it live each night. Oh, thanks to our friends at niagarafallslive.com who pay for the streaming.

Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce
Discover The Shores of Niagara
Niagara Falls USA

#sunsetsRbetterhere

Are you interested in learning more about the American Revolution? Join us this Saturday for demonstrations on artillery...
04/14/2021

Are you interested in learning more about the American Revolution? Join us this Saturday for demonstrations on artillery, cooking, music, military engineering and more!
This event honors U.S military personnel and veterans, who will be admitted free with ID. The Officers Club will be open for visitors from 11am-4pm.

No reservations are needed; tickets can be purchased upon arrival at our visitor center. For more information about this event please visit https://www.oldfortniagara.org/event/100277/patriots-day

Are you interested in learning more about the American Revolution? Join us this Saturday for demonstrations on artillery, cooking, music, military engineering and more!
This event honors U.S military personnel and veterans, who will be admitted free with ID. The Officers Club will be open for visitors from 11am-4pm.

No reservations are needed; tickets can be purchased upon arrival at our visitor center. For more information about this event please visit https://www.oldfortniagara.org/event/100277/patriots-day

Old Fort Niagara hosts a free lecture on Zoom featuring author Mark R. Anderson. Anderson’s new book “Down the Warpath t...
04/10/2021

Old Fort Niagara hosts a free lecture on Zoom featuring author Mark R. Anderson.
Anderson’s new book “Down the Warpath to the Cedars” details the May 1776 battle between Continental and Native/British forces east of Montreal. The work focuses on the role of Native Americans on the northern frontier during the American Revolution. The program is scheduled for Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArdOyvrzIqG9ADWf2DPHgM8qDueJOt-l5t

Purchase the book here:
https://www.shopoldfortniagara.org/product/down-the-warpath-to-the-cedars/ (sales benefit Old Fort Niagara).

More information is available at the fort’s website https://www.oldfortniagara.org/event/100289/down-the-warpath-to-the-cedars

Old Fort Niagara hosts a free lecture on Zoom featuring author Mark R. Anderson.
Anderson’s new book “Down the Warpath to the Cedars” details the May 1776 battle between Continental and Native/British forces east of Montreal. The work focuses on the role of Native Americans on the northern frontier during the American Revolution. The program is scheduled for Thursday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArdOyvrzIqG9ADWf2DPHgM8qDueJOt-l5t

Purchase the book here:
https://www.shopoldfortniagara.org/product/down-the-warpath-to-the-cedars/ (sales benefit Old Fort Niagara).

More information is available at the fort’s website https://www.oldfortniagara.org/event/100289/down-the-warpath-to-the-cedars

Why not end spring break with a bang!Beginning tomorrow, we will be adding artillery demonstrations to our weekend progr...
04/09/2021

Why not end spring break with a bang!
Beginning tomorrow, we will be adding artillery demonstrations to our weekend programing. To celebrate, our interpretive staff will fire a howitzer, cannon and mortar at 1:00pm on Saturday April 10th.

Tickets can be purchased upon arrival at the visitor center from 10am-4pm Wednesday- Sunday.

photo by Lee Gugino.

Why not end spring break with a bang!
Beginning tomorrow, we will be adding artillery demonstrations to our weekend programing. To celebrate, our interpretive staff will fire a howitzer, cannon and mortar at 1:00pm on Saturday April 10th.

Tickets can be purchased upon arrival at the visitor center from 10am-4pm Wednesday- Sunday.

photo by Lee Gugino.

Tomorrow is Fortress Foolery, a belated celebration of April Fools’ Day. Visitors are challenged to solve riddles in ord...
04/02/2021

Tomorrow is Fortress Foolery, a belated celebration of April Fools’ Day. Visitors are challenged to solve riddles in order to find things around the fort that just don’t belong. Prizes will be given for the most observant participants. Can you solve this riddle?

Tomorrow is Fortress Foolery, a belated celebration of April Fools’ Day. Visitors are challenged to solve riddles in order to find things around the fort that just don’t belong. Prizes will be given for the most observant participants. Can you solve this riddle?

In case you missed it, last Friday, (one week ago) we held our 4th annual 1812 Night.It is a night that celebrates histo...
04/02/2021
1812 Night Presented by Brickyard Brewing Company and Old Fort Niagara

In case you missed it, last Friday, (one week ago) we held our 4th annual 1812 Night.

It is a night that celebrates history and beer in a program that includes a limited edition ale that the Brickyard Brewing Company brews specifically for the night. It's a wonderful night.... and it's a night that also tastes good as only those that purchase the special 4 pack get to celebrate and attend the event.

Here it is, in case you missed it. Follow both of us to participate in the next one. Hopefully, that one will be in person, although the virtual one was cool! :)

https://youtu.be/d-sSzoM8jyk

#keepinghistoryalive
#BBCmakeslifebetter

This year's 1812 event will be held as a virtually ticketed event for the sake of public health, as well as an opportunity to aid the local historical organi...

This is no April fools prank, our hours of operation have changed!The fort will now be open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00a...
04/01/2021

This is no April fools prank, our hours of operation have changed!
The fort will now be open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm; tickets can be purchased at the visitor center upon arrival. We hope to see you for a visit soon!

This is no April fools prank, our hours of operation have changed!
The fort will now be open Wednesday-Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm; tickets can be purchased at the visitor center upon arrival. We hope to see you for a visit soon!

Today is your LAST CHANCE to sing up for tonight’s FREE Zoom lecture on Elizabeth Simcoe. Registration will close at 4:0...
03/31/2021

Today is your LAST CHANCE to sing up for tonight’s FREE Zoom lecture on Elizabeth Simcoe. Registration will close at 4:00pm, spots are filling fast!

Our final post for Women’s History Month showcases the women married to officers who lived in the Niagara region! In the 18th century, most enlisted men were discouraged and barred from getting married; officers felt marriage among the enlisted could lead to high rates of desertion. Officers, however, had no such restrictions and could marry if they pleased.

Most officers were from middle or upper class families and as a result married women who were also from middle or upper class families. One question our historic interpreters get regularly is “Did officers bring their wives with them?” It is important to remember that women in the 18th century were not bystanders in their own lives, especially if they came from wealth as most women married to officers did. These women could choose for themselves to accompany their husbands if they so desired.

Most women married to officers chose to stay in their hometowns or in larger cities like London, New York, Montreal, or Quebec when their husbands were away on military affairs. Large cities offered engaging social scenes, varied entertainment, and opportunities to educate children close to home. Fort Niagara was unique, however, because a number of women married to officers made the decision to accompany their husbands to this relatively remote post in the 18th century, sometimes traveling from as far as Europe to do so.

A few examples, though there are many more, are Marie Madeleine Boucher de la Perriere Contrecouer, Rebecca Blair DePeyster, Anne O’Reilly Smith, Madeleine Askin Richardson, Isabella Marshall Graham, and the subject of tonight’s Zoom talk, Elizabeth Gwillim Simcoe! The portrait below is of Elizabeth Simcoe, painted by Mary Anne Burges in 1790. Sourced from the Library and Archives Canada/Simcoe family collection/c095815k

TONIGHT at 7:00 pm EST, our civilian interpreter Hana will be presenting "A Colorful Life: Elizabeth Simcoe's Niagara Experience". Reserve your spot by emailing [email protected]. Few spots are left! Registration will close at 4:00pm.
#womenshistorywednesday"

Today is your LAST CHANCE to sing up for tonight’s FREE Zoom lecture on Elizabeth Simcoe. Registration will close at 4:00pm, spots are filling fast!

Our final post for Women’s History Month showcases the women married to officers who lived in the Niagara region! In the 18th century, most enlisted men were discouraged and barred from getting married; officers felt marriage among the enlisted could lead to high rates of desertion. Officers, however, had no such restrictions and could marry if they pleased.

Most officers were from middle or upper class families and as a result married women who were also from middle or upper class families. One question our historic interpreters get regularly is “Did officers bring their wives with them?” It is important to remember that women in the 18th century were not bystanders in their own lives, especially if they came from wealth as most women married to officers did. These women could choose for themselves to accompany their husbands if they so desired.

Most women married to officers chose to stay in their hometowns or in larger cities like London, New York, Montreal, or Quebec when their husbands were away on military affairs. Large cities offered engaging social scenes, varied entertainment, and opportunities to educate children close to home. Fort Niagara was unique, however, because a number of women married to officers made the decision to accompany their husbands to this relatively remote post in the 18th century, sometimes traveling from as far as Europe to do so.

A few examples, though there are many more, are Marie Madeleine Boucher de la Perriere Contrecouer, Rebecca Blair DePeyster, Anne O’Reilly Smith, Madeleine Askin Richardson, Isabella Marshall Graham, and the subject of tonight’s Zoom talk, Elizabeth Gwillim Simcoe! The portrait below is of Elizabeth Simcoe, painted by Mary Anne Burges in 1790. Sourced from the Library and Archives Canada/Simcoe family collection/c095815k

TONIGHT at 7:00 pm EST, our civilian interpreter Hana will be presenting "A Colorful Life: Elizabeth Simcoe's Niagara Experience". Reserve your spot by emailing [email protected]. Few spots are left! Registration will close at 4:00pm.
#womenshistorywednesday"

This Saturday from 11am-3pm, we present Fortress Foolery as a belated celebration of April Fools’ Day. Visitors are chal...
03/30/2021

This Saturday from 11am-3pm, we present Fortress Foolery as a belated celebration of April Fools’ Day. Visitors are challenged to find things around the fort that just don’t belong. Prizes will be given for the most observant participants. Can you locate six items in this photo that are out of place?

This Saturday from 11am-3pm, we present Fortress Foolery as a belated celebration of April Fools’ Day. Visitors are challenged to find things around the fort that just don’t belong. Prizes will be given for the most observant participants. Can you locate six items in this photo that are out of place?

During WWII, thousands of Americans came through Fort Niagara during their introduction into the US Armed Forces. Drawin...
03/29/2021
When Wartime Baseball became A Powerhouse at Fort Niagara

During WWII, thousands of Americans came through Fort Niagara during their introduction into the US Armed Forces. Drawing from such a diverse and wide pool, it is not surprising that many talented baseball players, and even professionals, found themselves turning in their jerseys for Army greens at the fort. Even with a war on, however, some of these soldier-athletes still had the opportunity to play some ball. In this feature, OFN curator and assistant director Jere Brubaker goes into depth about the Fort Niagara baseball team that became a force to be reckoned with in the wartime leagues and a source of local pride!

https://nystateparks.blog/2021/03/29/when-wartime-baseball-became-a-powerhouse-at-fort-niagara/

As the nation mobilized for World War II, the gathering winds of global conflict also assembled a temporary baseball powerhouse at a U.S. Army base on the shores of Lake Ontario. The military post …

When we see the view from our lighthouse’s webcam tonight we think of the pure natural beauty of our Fort almost 300 hun...
03/29/2021

When we see the view from our lighthouse’s webcam tonight we think of the pure natural beauty of our Fort almost 300 hundred years ago when the French Castle was first built - the oldest stone structure on the Great Lakes.

What do you imagine?

When we see the view from our lighthouse’s webcam tonight we think of the pure natural beauty of our Fort almost 300 hundred years ago when the French Castle was first built - the oldest stone structure on the Great Lakes.

What do you imagine?

In continued celebration of Women's History Month, today's post focuses on the first women to live in the Niagara region...
03/24/2021

In continued celebration of Women's History Month, today's post focuses on the first women to live in the Niagara region: Indigenous women! This area of New York is Haudenosaunee territory and there were several villages mostly belonging to the Seneca in the area around Fort Niagara in the 18th century. Diplomatic relationships with Native groups were of the utmost importance, both in war and trade; in the Great Lakes region and Indigenous women played an enormous role in these negotiations.

Some were hired by European governmental officials to act as translators; others functioned as representatives for their communities. There are references to Haudenosaunee women coming into Fort Niagara for meetings, trade, and medical care. Likewise, there are even more references to fort inhabitants interacting with Native women in their villages. Many friendships and familial ties were established as a result of the work of the Haudenosaunee women and their presence was frequently felt at Fort Niagara throughout the 18th century.

One such influential woman lived on the escarpment and went by the name of Tsyakonsase. She became the first clan mother and was involved with the founding of the confederacy. She belonged to the Cat nation or Erie. This painting is based on an engraving done by George Heriot in 1807 titled “Domesticated Indians of Canada.” It likely depicts Haudenosaunee people in the Ontario region."

Next week, on March 31st at 7:00 pm EST, our civilian interpreter Hana will be presenting "A Colorful Life: Elizabeth Simcoe's Niagara Experience".
Reserve your spot by emailing [email protected]. Spots are limited.
#womenshistorywednesday"

In continued celebration of Women's History Month, today's post focuses on the first women to live in the Niagara region: Indigenous women! This area of New York is Haudenosaunee territory and there were several villages mostly belonging to the Seneca in the area around Fort Niagara in the 18th century. Diplomatic relationships with Native groups were of the utmost importance, both in war and trade; in the Great Lakes region and Indigenous women played an enormous role in these negotiations.

Some were hired by European governmental officials to act as translators; others functioned as representatives for their communities. There are references to Haudenosaunee women coming into Fort Niagara for meetings, trade, and medical care. Likewise, there are even more references to fort inhabitants interacting with Native women in their villages. Many friendships and familial ties were established as a result of the work of the Haudenosaunee women and their presence was frequently felt at Fort Niagara throughout the 18th century.

One such influential woman lived on the escarpment and went by the name of Tsyakonsase. She became the first clan mother and was involved with the founding of the confederacy. She belonged to the Cat nation or Erie. This painting is based on an engraving done by George Heriot in 1807 titled “Domesticated Indians of Canada.” It likely depicts Haudenosaunee people in the Ontario region."

Next week, on March 31st at 7:00 pm EST, our civilian interpreter Hana will be presenting "A Colorful Life: Elizabeth Simcoe's Niagara Experience".
Reserve your spot by emailing [email protected]. Spots are limited.
#womenshistorywednesday"

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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

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

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(716) 745-7611

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Where you are part of the story

Welcome to Old Fort Niagara, where stories unfold around you daily. Where soldiers fire muskets, musicians play fifes and drums, blacksmiths hammer iron, Natives sing and cannons boom, you are there, learning history while being part of its retelling.

Old Fort Niagara is located where the Niagara River meets Lake Ontario, in a strategic location called “the key to the continent.” The country in command (French, British, American) controlled access to the resources of the inner continent from the 1700s through early 1800s. Since 1927, the site has been operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association, a not-for-profit organization.

History is alive today and every day, waiting to embrace you with its stories and people. Open daily at 9 a.m.

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Great job on Katie Alexander's visit folks!
I can't wait to go back
The place where history carrying.......
I visited here recently and I loved it so much. I wanted to write a story about it. I hadn’t been here since I was a toddler. We had a wonderful time!
Spent a great early afternoon today at Old Fort Niagara!
NCWAA School of the Piece 2019 this weekend. Here is a link to some photos from last year.
Folks, please keep your eyes open for this gear. 🙁
Thanks for a great first visit!
"Sgt. McKenzie" what a good choice!