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Old Fort Niagara Hosts Patriots Day

by remerson
Wed, Apr 2nd 2014 02:00 pm

Old Fort Niagara will host its first reenactment of the 2014 season on April 12-13 as the historic site presents Patriots Day weekend, a two-day event that commemorates the beginning of the American Revolution and honors all veterans. Throughout the day, re-enactors portraying British redcoats and American militia will present musket firing demonstrations, 18th century drill  and storytelling programs about soldier life during the American Revolution. At 11:00 a.m. young people will have the opportunity to enlist in either the British or American armies to fight a mock battle and learn about battlefield tactics during the 18th century.

At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, the French Consul for Western New York, Pascal Soares, will posthumously award Vincent Consiglio of Buffalo with the Legion of Honor for meritorious service contributing to the liberation of France during World War Two. Consiglio, who passed away in July 2013, was a veteran of the 291st Combat Engineers and took part in the Omaha Beach landing on D-Day. He received the Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge. 

The event schedule is as follows:

10:00 a.m. Assembly-musket drill and firings

11:00 a.m. Recruiting Demonstration. Join the redcoats or the militia to fight a mock battle.

Noon: Storytelling- Lexington and Concord

1:00 p.m. Meet the Soldier

2:00 p.m. Drill and Musket Firing Followed by Veterans Honor Ceremony

3:00 p.m. Parade and Maneuvers.

Veterans (past or active duty) will be admitted free.  

Hours of Operation

January 13 through March, Open Wednesday-Sunday  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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