The Siege of Fort Niagara

Sat Jul 1st, 2023 to Mon Jul 3rd, 2023 - All Day
Experience the 1759 siege of Fort Niagara during the French and Indian War.

Relive the historic Siege of 1759 when British forces captured Fort Niagara from the French. This is Old Fort Niagara's largest and most colorful event of the year. Witness large-scale battle reenactments, stroll through period camps, admire the work of skilled artisans, shop for period merchandise and thrill to the sounds of fifes and drums. 

Event Schedule:

Saturday, July 1

10:00 a.m. Trooping of the Colors - Witness this centuries old military ceremony in which regimental colors are paraded in front of the troops.

11:00 a.m. British Engineers Reconnoiter the Fort - Attacking an 18th century fort was a complicated business. Trained engineers determine the best way to attack Fort Niagara. The French fire back.

11:30 a.m. Artillery Firing Demonstration 

1:00 p.m. Military Music

2:00 p.m. Battle Reenactment

3:00 p.m. Military Nursing in the French and Indian War

4:00 p.m. Artillery Firing Demonstration - Soldiers fire the powerful cannons of the Dauphin Battery.

Sunday July 2

10:00 a.m. British Native Council- Discover how diplomacy played a major role in the campaign to capture Fort Niagara 

11:00 a.m. Siege Tour - Discover the "nuts and bolts" of an 18th century siege on this guided tour. 

1:00 p.m. Military Music- Learn about the role music played in the 18th century military. Enjoy duty calls and musical entertainment

1:30 Rutherford's Embassy- Captain Walter Rutherford delivers a surrender demand to Captain Pierre Pouchot.

2:00 p.m. Battle Reenactment

3:00 p.m. Nursing Demonstration

4:00 p.m. Artillery Firing Demonstration

Monday, July 3

10:00 a.m. French Native Council

11:30 The Battle of La Belle Famille- Watch the recreation of this decisive battle that decided the fate of Fort Niagara 

1:00 p.m. Military Music

2:00 p.m. Artillery Demonstration

3:00 p.m. Battle Reenactment

3:30 p.m. Surrender Ceremony

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. 


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