Old Fort Niagara

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DHaworth DHaworth
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Old Fort Niagara. Dec 30, 2008
Standing on a bluff above Lake Ontario not far from Niagara Falls, Old Fort Niagara has dominated the entrance to the Niagara River since 1726. The colorful history of the site began even earlier, and continues to the present day.

The fort played an important role in the struggles of France, Great Britain, and the United States to control the Great Lakes region of North America, and also helped shape the destinies of the Iroquois (Six Nations) peoples and the nation of Canada.



Today Old Fort Niagara is a National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site that welcomes more than 100,000 visitors every year. It offers a unique collection of original military architecture and fortifications from the 18th Century and the 19th Century, as well as living history events and programs, historical exhibits and collections, archaeology, and education.

The fort has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Niagara area, featuring the oldest buildings in the Great Lakes, spectacular scenery, and exciting special events.

Old Fort Niagara—and additional 20th century U.S. Army buildings in adjacent Fort Niagara State Park—is operated by the not–for–profit Old Fort Niagara Association in cooperation with, and under license from, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, & Historic Preservation. It is almost entirely self–funding, depending largely on admission fees, museum shop sales, memberships, and fundraisers to carry out the Association’s missions of preservation, research, and education.

For me personally. Fort Niagara was the highlight of my adventure in New York and Canada. When you enter the fort, you feel that you have been transported back in time to the revolutionary war. The fort itself is magnificent. Standing on the wall and over looking the sea, and seeing the British fort on the Canadian side is amazing. To imagine these two forts fighting it out for years. A time when British and Americans fought. Ancient history considering we are the best of friends now. To get a real sense of early American history. This is the place for you. Real living history. I loved it!!!!
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Andy99 Andy99
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A confluence of history of Old Fort Niagara Aug 18, 2005
Three flags fly at the Old Fort Niagara parade ground representing France, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The three countries have held Old Fort Niagara since La Salle founded Fort Conti at the site in 1679. The present fort dates from 1726 when the two-story stone structure known as the "French Castle" was built as a trading post. The French continued to fortify and expand the site as British influence increased during the 18th century. Britain gained control of the fort (and ultimately Canada) in 1759 during the French and Indian War. After the American Revolution, Britain evacuated the fort and ceded it to the United States in 1796. (Fort George was then built to protect Upper Canada from the threat Fort Niagara presented.) The fort saw action during the war of 1812 when it was captured again by Britain. Following the War of 1812, the fort remained an active US Army post until 1963.

Today, Old Fort Niagara is a New York State Park. The 18th century structures have been preserved and interpretive displays added. Visitors can walk the grounds and walls and see displays of furnished rooms depicting life at the fort. On a clear day, the Toronto skyline can be seen across Lake Ontario. Reenactors are often present to demonstrate drills and musket firing.

Admission is $10. A snack bar and gift shop are on the premises.
Old Fort Niagara
Parade Ground at Old Fort Niagara
The "French Castle" (1726)
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ik-ben-10eke says:
Nice and informative. I like the fact the reenactors are present often.
Posted on: Aug 13, 2010

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