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1812 Soldiers of 23rd U.S. Regiment to Garrison Old Fort Niagara This Weekend

by C. Clark
Tue, Nov 10th 2015 05:10 pm

For immediate release

(November 10, 2015) Youngstown, N.Y. - Re-enactors specializing in the War of 1812 will be at Old Fort Niagara this weekend to embody life at the fort as it was back then. The 23rd U.S. Regiment, from the Rochester area, comprises about a dozen re-enactors who plan to offer musket firings, cooking demonstrations and period games for all ages, this Saturday and Sunday, November 14 and 15.

"This weekend's War of 1812 Garrison will be educational for all who come and want to learn something new from history," said Robert Emerson, Executive Directors of the fort. "Our quieter setting at this time of year plus this focused group of re-enactors allow for open and casual exchanges with visitors. Learning about history from re-enactors on historic grounds doesn't get much better than this."

Daily, the 23rd Regiment will present:

Sentry Duty - A guard will be posted at the Gate of Five Nations to welcome guests and will be replaced at times throughout the day.

Hourly Musket Demonstrations - Learn about weaponry, ammunition and accuracy.

Cooking Demonstrations - Experience how food was prepared and cooked over an open hearth.

Group Drill Sessions (1:00 p.m. daily) - Re-enactors march and train with their weapons.

Games - Play the period games "bat-and-trap," "biddle-battle," and lacrosse, ongoing both days.

Admission to the fort is $12 per adult, $8 per child (ages 6-12) and free for children 5 and under. Members of Old Fort Niagara are admitted free. Group discounts are available. Please refer to our website for details.

Calendar of Upcoming Events:

November 11, Veterans Day - free admission for veterans and active military personnel with ID

December 5 and 12, Castle by Candlelight

January 9, 2016, Twelfth Night Ball

Old Fort Niagara (www.oldfortniagara.org) is located in Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown, N.Y., which is 14 miles north of Niagara Falls via the Robert Moses Parkway North. The fort is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (admissions end at 4:30 p.m.). Old Fort Niagara is a Registered National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association (a not-for-profit organization) in cooperation with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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