Thursday, June 26, 2014

Old Fort Niagara

One of the days we were staying in the Niagara area we took a short drive to Old Fort Niagara. The history of this Fort goes back 300 years, first occupied by Native Americans, then by British, French and American forces. Due to its presence on the Great Lakes, it took an important part in the French-Indian War, the American Revolution and the War of 1812.
We started off by walking through a museum and then taking a small guided tour before continuing on a self guided tour.

The picture above looks towards Niagara on the Lake in Canada.
The oldest building at the Fort is what was called the French Castle or what the French occupiers called the House of Peace, They built the building after getting permission of the Native Americans when they were told it was a building for trading.However, it was actually more than that. It was built to withstand any attacks by the natives.

There were actors in period costumes doing musket and artillery demonstrations as well as artisans and others talking about life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

The fort is on the Niagara River where it spills into Lake Ontario. The top attic four has many dormers to be used to fire muskets and cannons.

We were just in this are for three full  days, but had an interesting variety of things we did, some history, theh great Falls and Hockey.
Now we are onto the Finger Lakes area where new adventures are to be had, including some wine tasting in what is a large wine region of New York.

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