War of 1812 Encampment

Sat Sep 2nd, 2017 10 am to Sun Sep 3rd, 2017 4 pm
Night battle recreates the British assault of 1813.

Experience the surprise British attack on Fort Niagara that took place on December 19, 1813. The attack is recreated in real time on Saturday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. Daytime activities include tactical demonstrations, clothing programs, recruiting demonstrations and hands-on activities for families.


9:00 a.m.         Fort opens

10:00 a.m.       Flag Raising

10:15 a.m.       Manual Exercise - Troops Marching, Maneuvering

11:00 a.m.       Uniforms of the War of 1812

Noon               Artillery Demonstration

1:00  p.m.        (Saturday and Sunday) Concert of Military Music

1:00 p.m.         (Saturday) Lecture Presentation

"Gray Doom on the Niagara: Winfield Scott's Brigade" by Dr. Richard Barbuto, author of the books: Long Range Guns, Close Quarters Combat: The U.S. Artillery Regiment in the War of 1812 (2010), and U.S. Army Staff Ride Handbook for the War of 1812 Niagara Campaigns, 1812-1814 (2016), both available for purchase in the fort's museum shop.

2:30 p.m.         Battle Re-enactment

3:30 p.m.         Kids Program: Recruiting (Saturday); Games (Sunday)

4:15 p.m.         Artillery Demonstration (Saturday); Musket Demo (Sunday)

4:30 p.m.         (Sunday) Last admissions into the fort; Fort closes at 5 p.m.


The Saturday evening activities, below, are unique to this event and the fort remains open late. Admissions into the fort for this program will end at 7 p.m. when the doors will be closed to incoming and outgoing visitors until about 9 p.m. to ensure visitor safety.


(Saturday only)

5:00 p.m.         Musket Demonstration

5:30 p.m.         Regency English Country Dancing

6:00 p.m.         Guided Tour: Fort Niagara in the War of 1812

7:00 p.m.         Last admissions into fort for evening activities

7:15 p.m.         Music Concert by the Mackenzie Highlanders' Pipes and Drums

8:00 p.m.         Reenactment of the British Capture of Fort Niagara, December 19, 1813

The Officers' Club, just outside the fort's footprint, will be open during "War of 1812 Encampment" from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. for tours and access to the World War II display. The lighthouse will also be open from noon to 3 p.m.


The cost to attend the event is regular admission to the fort ($12/adult, $8/child ages 6-12, free/children 5 and under) and is free to members of the Old Fort Niagara Association. Other discounts may apply. Please click here for more information.

General Events Event

Hours of Operation

September- December, Open Wednesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

January through March, Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. (Closed Monday-Thursday) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

April- May, Open Wednesday through Sunday. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Memorial Day to Labor Day, Open 7 Days per week. 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. 

The fort will be open Christmas week, Monday through Friday, December 26 - 31. 

General Admission



Children (6 to 12 years) 


Children (5 and under):






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