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Old Fort Niagara Announces Its Special Events for the New Year

by Charlotte Clark
Mon, Jan 22nd 2018 10:00 am

(January 11, 2018) Youngstown, N.Y. – Old Fort Niagara looks forward to providing another year of living history to visitors from near and far and invites the public to save the dates for its special events and programs in 2018.


New for 2018 will be the “War of 1812 Grand Encampment,” July 28 and 29, which will be the largest binational 1812 event of the year and one of the largest reenactment weekends at Old Fort Niagara. The 2018 new daily summer program, “Flintlocks and Council Fires,” will offer living-history demonstrations every day in the summer that will educate visitors about Niagara's role in the development of early America. These complement popular annual events, like the “French and Indian War Encampment” and “Castle by Candlelight,” along with numerous other small- to medium-sized reenactments.


“It’s nice to think about summer right now and plan for warmer days,” said Robert Emerson, Executive Director of the Old Fort Niagara Association. “Winter, spring and fall are also great times to visit the fort. We will have our ‘Winter Woods Battle’ in February followed by ‘Patriots Day’ in April. We are open every day at 9 a.m. and aim to provide unique experiences in all seasons.”


February 17: Winter Woods Battle 

Learn about winter life in the 18th century and take part in a battle in the winter woods.


April 21-22: Patriots Day

Commemorate the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775 with living history programs and a special salute to veterans.


May 19-20: Civil War Artillery School 

Civil War reenactors practice their weaponry skills at the fort.


May 26-27: Soldiers through the Ages 

Meet soldiers from the 17th through 20th centuries in this “timeline” event. Special programs and displays interpret military life from early explorers through the Vietnam War.


June 9-10: Civil War Garrison

Travel back to the 1860s when the Union feared British intervention on the side of the Confederacy.


June 29-July 1: French and Indian War Encampment 

Relive the Siege of 1759 when British and New York soldiers besieged French-held Fort Niagara. Battle reenactments, large living history camps. The site’s largest event of the year.


July 28-29: War of 1812 Grand Encampment 

This event commemorates the fort’s role in the War of 1812. Large-scale battle reenactments and living history programs will make this the largest binational War of 1812 reenactment of the year.


August 18-19: Soldiers of the Revolution 

This living history event recreates the War for Independence on the New York frontier. Battle reenactments, hands-on activities for families, plus music and games.


In October: Frontier Days 

An interactive program for 4th and 7th graders and also open to the public. Students learn about the American Revolution in New York. Sponsored by the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and New York State’s Connect Kids program.


November 2-3: French Heritage Days

Explore the early French heritage of the Niagara Region, when France was a dominant power on the Great Lakes.


December 8 and 15: The Castle by Candlelight 

Tour Old Fort Niagara's 1726 French Castle decorated for the season by the Youngstown Garden Club. During the fundraising event, the building will be lit entirely by candles. Meet historical characters and witness the firing of the grand feu de joie.


More information about these events and programs, plus others that develop throughout the year, is available at www.oldfortniagara.org or by calling (716) 745-7611.

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. 


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