War of 1812 Encampment

Sat Aug 31st, 2019 9 am to Sun Sep 1st, 2019 4 pm
Featured Event
Explore Fort Niagara's role in the War of 1812.

The War of 1812 comes to life as British and American forces gather at Old Fort Niagara. The event features battle reenactments, living history camps, uniform programs and a Saturday night battle that recreates the 1813 British capture of the fort.






Scheduled Daily Activities (subject to change):

9:00        Fort opens to the general public

10:00     Flag Raising

10:15     Manual Exercise — Troops Marching, Maneuvering

11:00     Uniforms of the War of 1812

12:00     Artillery Demonstration

1:00        Concert of Military Music — Rush-Bagot Monument;

1:30        Regency English Country Dancing (Sunday)

2:30        Battle demonstration

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

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

5:00        Sunday: Fort Closes to the Public 

Saturday Evening Schedule — *please note special instructions below

5:00        Musket Demonstration

5:30        Regency English Country Dancing — on the Parade Ground

6:00        Guided Tour: Fort Niagara in the War of 1812 — meet at the three flag poles

7:15        Music Concert by the Mackenzie Highlanders’ Pipes and Drums

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

Ongoing Activities —

Surgical Display — Castle, 1st floor — Saturday: 10:30-4:30; Sunday: 10:30 to 2:30

Soldiers’ Life — Throughout the fort, both days

Officers Club Open — 11:00 to 4:00 daily

Food, drinks, snacks and ice cream will be for sale from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- Log Cabin


*Please note the following special instructions for Saturday's evening battle:          

• On Saturday, the fort is open extended hours because of the Evening Battle.

• Last chance to purchase admission or enter the property Saturday evening is 7:00 p.m.

• Holders of receipts from earlier Saturday admission may use them to reenter the fort for the Evening Battle.

• FOR ALL VISITORS, the CUT OFF for entry to the fort on Saturday is 7:00.

• No one will be admitted after 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, or after 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

All visitors must exit the fort immediately following conclusion of Saturday Evening Battle.

General Events Event

Hours of Operation

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

April 1- June 30, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

July and August, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

September 1 - October 15, Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

October 16 - December 31, Open Wednesday through Sunday (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

The fort will be open daily during Christmas week, December 26 - 31. 

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


General Admission



Children (6 to 12 years) 


Children (5 and under):






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