Fort George National Historic Site

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Canadian History at Fort George Aug 18, 2005
Fort George is a National Historic Site maintained by Parks Canada. The fort was built by in 1802 as the British Army headquarers for Upper Canada. Britain had surrendered its former fort in the region, Old Fort Niagara, to the United States following American Independence. Fort George, named for George III, was its replacement.

The fort came under fire in May 1813 during the American-British War of 1812. Fort George was captured by American forces invading Canada and then retaken in December 1813. The fort eventually fell into disuse, but the premises remained a Canadian military training ground until the 1960s.

Today, you can see reconstructed blockhouses, officers quarters, parade gound and pallisades. The structures are furnished as they would have been in the early 19th century and displays depict the daily lives of the British soldiers and officers and Canadian militia. There are also exhibits and artifiacts on the history and defense of Upper Canada. I liked the long boat on display, typical of those used for patroling the Great Lakes and ferrying supplies and equipment from Lower Canada. I also liked the cannon aiming device with which you can draw a bead on Old Fort Niagara just across the river.

Reeanactors roam the fort to answer questions. Officers will address you in character as Sir! A fife and drum corps puts on performances of period music.
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Fife and Drum Corps at Fort George
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