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
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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.

06/18/2020

Old Fort Niagara has served the United States in many ways over the almost 300 years of its existence.

Tomorrow is the 6th and last live online presentation for June. It promises to be an excellent presentation and is titled: 'Training Ground for the Great War: Fort Niagara in World War One’:

Join the officer candidates who trained at Fort Niagara in the summer and fall of 1917 for service in World War.

The session presented by Bob Emerson, OFN’s executive director, is free and there will be a question and answer session at the end of it. The Fort goes live at 9:45 am and the session starts promptly at 10 am, lasting about 35 minutes.

Here is the link to attend. You don't need a webcam. We hope you enjoy it!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85719729404?pwd=aWNERW42RUJUT3kvZzBBNUNSWmY2dz09

The presentation is sponsored by https://addusnow.us

Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce
Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

06/16/2020

If you have or have not been experiencing the most excellent online learning series on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 10 am from our Fort, you won’t want to miss tomorrow’s.

Tomorrow’s teaching event is special. Niagara County’s Historian, Catherine ‘Kate’ Emerson will be the star presenter and will present one of history’s unsung, amazing woman. She’ll describe how her historical detective work turned a legend into a real flesh and blood woman named ‘Betsy Doyle’ who sacrificed almost everything for her country.

The session will last about 45 minutes and it will have time for questions and answers.

Register www.oldfortniagara.org, under ‘Events’ or click the link below.

We go online tomorrow at 9:45 am and it starts at 10:00 am sharp, so log in early as there is limited attendance. It’s free and you don’t need a webcam to attend.

If you happen to miss the presentation you can view it on our YouTube channel, linked through our website. It will be posted after the session.

This series is sponsored by https://addusnow.us

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82125203859?pwd=cEt2WXRBa0lnSEhWN1AzMU1LekJzQT09

The extra light infantry scouts the Ravelin. Photo by Wayne Peters
06/15/2020

The extra light infantry scouts the Ravelin.

Photo by Wayne Peters

Today is Flag Day and here is a photo of Fort Niagara’s garrison flag. It is a 15-star, 15-stripe flag intended for use ...
06/14/2020

Today is Flag Day and here is a photo of Fort Niagara’s garrison flag. It is a 15-star, 15-stripe flag intended for use on special occasions or during battle. Its large size made it easily visible to the enemy. Although its present dimensions are 24 by 28 feet, the banner may once have been as long as 36 feet. It is one of the oldest surviving United States flags and a fine example of the 15-star, 15-stripe flag authorized by Congress in 1795. When the British captured Fort Niagara on December 19, 1813, the flag was taken as a trophy of war. It was sent to England and was eventually given to Sir Gordon Drummond. It hung in the Drummond family home, Megginch Castle, in Scotland (http://megginchcastle.com) until it was acquired in 1994 by the Old Fort Niagara Association for conservation and display.

The Battle of La belle Famille in 2018.
06/13/2020

The Battle of La belle Famille in 2018.

Recreating the French sortie of July 11, 1759.
06/12/2020

Recreating the French sortie of July 11, 1759.

A British engineer explains how a siege was conducted at Old Fort Niagara’s French and Indian War Encampment.
06/11/2020

A British engineer explains how a siege was conducted at Old Fort Niagara’s French and Indian War Encampment.

Today is the 4th in a six-part online learning series at 10 am. It’s free and you don’t even need a webcam to participat...
06/11/2020

Today is the 4th in a six-part online learning series at 10 am. It’s free and you don’t even need a webcam to participate in this approximate 35 minute experience. Just click the link below.

Today we learn where Fort Niagara fits into the overall history of the War of 1812.

Click here to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82460769566?pwd=UVVGQkk5bHNXNjlsQ2FFU2VtaWRqQT09

June’s sponsor for online learning is https://addusnow.us.

Discover The Shores of Niagara Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce

Blacksmithing demonstration at the 2016 French and Indian War Encampment.
06/10/2020

Blacksmithing demonstration at the 2016 French and Indian War Encampment.

Schuyler’s Company, New York Provincials, advance artillery in the British siege lines during the 2016 event.
06/09/2020

Schuyler’s Company, New York Provincials, advance artillery in the British siege lines during the 2016 event.

Today at 10 am is a new fascinating, FREE, online presentation as part of the 2nd long-distance learning series by Old F...
06/09/2020

Today at 10 am is a new fascinating, FREE, online presentation as part of the 2nd long-distance learning series by Old Fort Niagara. And you don't need a webcam to participate. It's approximately 30 minutes long and there will be an answer and question session at the end of the presentation. Click the link below to attend.

It's called, 'Fort Niagara in the American Revolution' where you will learn how British control of Fort Niagara impacted the events of the American Revolution along the expansive American frontier.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81401069450?pwd=dE5yMnQwSmFVcmNKRzQ1NTRaQVVkdz09

The long-distance learning session are being sponsored by the good folk addusnow.us. A new company launching in the Niagara region.

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce

During June, we will share photos from past French and Indian War Encampments. Here is Sir William Johnson and a Native ...
06/08/2020

During June, we will share photos from past French and Indian War Encampments. Here is Sir William Johnson and a Native warrior in council from 2011. (Geoff Harding photo.)

06/05/2020
What did soldiers eat? Some history on "rations"

Ever hear the word "rations" and wonder, exactly, what it means? Now you will know! Old Fort Niagara historic interpreter, Hanae Weber, provides all you've been curious to learn about what soldiers ate and why.

Today is the birthday of King George III, June 4, 1738. The King’s Birthday was the biggest holiday for soldiers in the ...
06/04/2020

Today is the birthday of King George III, June 4, 1738. The King’s Birthday was the biggest holiday for soldiers in the British Army. Here are orders for Fort Niagara, June 3, 1772:

Tomorrow being his Majts. Birthday, the Garrison are to be under arms at 12 O’Clock When the Artillery are to fire a Royal Salute Which will be followed by three Vollies from the Royal Americans who are to be very Clean well drest and Powderd, and to be ready to turn out at the beating at the long Roll at 10 O’Clock. No Men to be absent. All the Windows in the Fort to be opened during the firing.

Niagara 4 June 1772 Parole: God bless the King
Countersign: Long May he Reign

Live today at 10 am it is Old Fort Niagara's second six-part long-distance learning series - 'A Glorious Acquisition: Th...
06/04/2020

Live today at 10 am it is Old Fort Niagara's second six-part long-distance learning series - 'A Glorious Acquisition: The 1759 Siege of Fort Niagara.'

It is a web series and free. Today learn about the 19-day siege that resulted in the British occupation of Fort Niagara. Find out what life was like for soldiers and warriors on both sides of the conflict. Click here to register for this program.

Here is the link to attend and you don't need a webcam.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88625164976?pwd=WktxekRRSGZCblJTNmRoaTMzSythUT09

Visitors entering Old Fort Niagara pass by these massive brick revetments. The original lines of these walls were laid o...
06/03/2020

Visitors entering Old Fort Niagara pass by these massive brick revetments. The original lines of these walls were laid out by the French beginning in 1755. Erosion was always a problem, so during the Civil War, the walls were faced with brick. Constructed between 1863 and 1872, the walls were obsolete before they were completed due to advances in 19th century artillery.

En jeu! Here is a photo of the recreated  Compagnie franche de la Marine de Portneuf practicing the Exercice d’Infanteri...
06/02/2020

En jeu! Here is a photo of the recreated Compagnie franche de la Marine de Portneuf practicing the Exercice d’Infanterie in front of the French Castle. The unit’s original commander, Pierre Robinau de Portneuf, was born in Montreal in 1708. In 1750-1, he led efforts to construct a trading post and a fort named Fort Rouillé, better known as Fort Toronto, on the north shore of Lake Ontario east of the mouth of the Humber River. During the French and Indian War, Portneuf commanded Fort de la Presque Ile (Erie, PA) but destroyed the post and retreated to Detroit when Fort Niagara fell to the British in July 1759. While returning to France in 1761 Portneuf died in a shipwreck off Cape Breton Island. Also pictured is a plaque marking Fort Rouillé’s location in modern Toronto.

Today @ 10: a.m Old Fort Niagara is LIVE and it's FREE! We will present the 1st in a six series long-distance learning s...
06/02/2020

Today @ 10: a.m Old Fort Niagara is LIVE and it's FREE! We will present the 1st in a six series long-distance learning session. This morning is "House, Chateau or Castle?"

French Architecture and Fortification at Old Fort Niagara: Learn how the art and science of fortification developed in Europe and then was transplanted in North America. Make connections between Europe and the New World through buildings that still stand at Old Fort Niagara.

Here is the link to attend. https://bit.ly/3cu3JPw
You don't need a webcam to attend.

This six-part series is being sponsored by https:addusnow.us.

Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce

06/01/2020
1764 British Soldiers' Manual of Arms Drill

Learn how a British soldier fires his musket! This video shows the steps involved in the 1764 manual of arms for British soldiers at Fort Niagara. Historic interpreter Glenn Gugino goes through the drill, step by step.

Here is a photo of the soldiers of Compagnie franche de la Marine firing a volley at the Battle of La Belle Famille reen...
05/30/2020

Here is a photo of the soldiers of Compagnie franche de la Marine firing a volley at the Battle of La Belle Famille reenactment at a previous French and Indian War Encampment.

(Photo by Wayne Peters)

Here is a photo of the bateau, Robert Irwin, just off the lake break-wall at Old Fort Niagara during the War of 1812 Enc...
05/29/2020

Here is a photo of the bateau, Robert Irwin, just off the lake break-wall at Old Fort Niagara during the War of 1812 Encampment.

Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Cantigny, France, on May 28-29, 1918. This was the first sustained Am...
05/28/2020

Today marks the 102nd anniversary of the Battle of Cantigny, France, on May 28-29, 1918. This was the first sustained American offensive of World War I: an Allied force including a full brigade of nearly 4,000 United States soldiers captured the village of Cantigny, on the Somme River in France, from their German enemy and then defended it against several severe counterattacks. The 28th Infantry Regiment provided most of the manpower for the offensive.
This mural at the Fort Niagara Bachelor Officers Quarters depicts hand-to-hand combat between soldiers of the 28th Infantry and elements of the German 18th Army. The mural is signed by H. H. Crawford, an African-American artist and graduate of the Albright Art School of Buffalo. Watch interviews with two Cantigny veterans, posted by the First Division Museum here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N36yO63YMto

Today at 10 am, the last of the six-part 'Faces of the Fort' live, long-distance learning sessions, featuring Mary Taylo...
05/28/2020

Today at 10 am, the last of the six-part 'Faces of the Fort' live, long-distance learning sessions, featuring Mary Taylor, an 1813 refugee caught in the British assault on Fort Niagara and nearby settlements, being forced to flee to the east.

It's free to attend and although on Zoom, you don't need a webcam to enjoy the presentation. To see it go here: https://bit.ly/2TOeJRl

These learning sessions have been so popular, we will be offering more sessions each week, starting next week. Follow us here to learn more.

Catch our final "Faces of the Fort" tomorrow at 10 a.m. by registering here: https://bit.ly/FacesofFort6. Mary Taylor is...
05/27/2020

Catch our final "Faces of the Fort" tomorrow at 10 a.m. by registering here: https://bit.ly/FacesofFort6. Mary Taylor is the featured historic person. She was a civilian refugee during the War of 1812. Learn about her story tomorrow at 10 a.m.!

Here is a photo of the boss hard at work. OFN Executive Director Robert Emerson is also pictured.
05/27/2020

Here is a photo of the boss hard at work. OFN Executive Director Robert Emerson is also pictured.

Here’s another question someone actually asked: “Which came first, the fort or the lake?”In this photo, Captain Pierre P...
05/26/2020

Here’s another question someone actually asked:

“Which came first, the fort or the lake?”

In this photo, Captain Pierre Pouchot asks permission from the Six Nations to dig Lake Ontario.

(Just joking...)

Photo by Geoff Harding

Here is a photo of John Chapman, historical interpreter at Old Fort Niagara, at the post cemetery. John is dressed as a ...
05/25/2020

Here is a photo of John Chapman, historical interpreter at Old Fort Niagara, at the post cemetery. John is dressed as a U.S. musician from the War of 1812. Why the red coat? Musicians often wore reverse colors from the rest of their regiment. Thus, if a regiment had blue coats with red facings, musicians would wear the opposite. This helped leaders quickly locate them on the battlefield. The Fort Niagara post cemetery was first established in 1755 and contains burials of French, British and American soldiers. It may contain as many as 350 burials, many of them unknown. Please take a moment today to remember that Memorial Day is about honoring and mourning the military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
(Photo by Alisdair Boyd)

Here are some more photos from past years’ Soldiers through the Ages. Put May 29-30, 2021, on your calendar for next yea...
05/24/2020

Here are some more photos from past years’ Soldiers through the Ages. Put May 29-30, 2021, on your calendar for next year’s event!

This weekend would have been our annual Soldiers through the Ages event, which highlights the fort's vast history. A var...
05/23/2020

This weekend would have been our annual Soldiers through the Ages event, which highlights the fort's vast history. A variety of vehicles, uniforms, camps, guns, food and our amazing reenactors bring this event to life. We look forward to next year's event.
Here are some photos from past years’ events.

Subscribe to Old Fort Niagara's YouTube Channel for our latest media offerings. They include 4 of the last 6 (as of this...
05/22/2020

Subscribe to Old Fort Niagara's YouTube Channel for our latest media offerings. They include 4 of the last 6 (as of this post) of OFN's 'Faces of the Fort' long-distance learning sessions that haven happened on Zoom over the past two weeks. The final two of the series are on Tuesday and Thursday, next week at 10 a.m.

You can register for them on our Events Calendar located on our oldfortniagara.org website. They are free and open to the public. You must register to attend.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9FaFqWPqc1d2nep6Eph6Fg

05/22/2020
South Redoubt - 250 years old

In 1770, Old Fort Niagara's South Redoubt was built, making this fortification 250 years old in 2020! What else was happening at Fort Niagara at the time? Learn about it in this short video!

Here is a photo of Fort Niagara in the 1870s. After the Civil War, the Army began to construct new buildings outside the...
05/21/2020

Here is a photo of Fort Niagara in the 1870s. After the Civil War, the Army began to construct new buildings outside the walls of the old fort. The first was a hospital, followed by company barracks in 1868 and officers’ quarters and other buildings in 1870. By the mid-1880s most of the activity at the post was concentrated in the new section, outside the walls of the old fort.

Just a couple of minutes until our live long-distance learning, 'Faces of the Fort' session.Just click on the link to at...
05/21/2020

Just a couple of minutes until our live long-distance learning, 'Faces of the Fort' session.

Just click on the link to attend. You don't need a webcam to enjoy it... Today's session (part of a six series learning session) you meet Patrick Gibbs, a Loyalist refugee on his way to Fort Niagara in 1780 during the American Revolution. During the American Revolution, some Americans remained loyal to King George. Learn about the War for Independence through the eyes of a Loyalist refugee.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82988344476?pwd=a1BKVXdncFlOMTJSUGt4MzgvQloyUT09

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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

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Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Saturday 09:00 - 16:30
Sunday 09:00 - 16:30

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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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Comments

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!