Reliving the Battle of La Belle Famille
Sat, Jul 24th 2010 03:00 pm
On Monday evening,
the Old Fort Niagara Association and Town of Porter Historical Society
collaborated for the Battle of La Belle Famille 2010 Walking Tour, held on the
Village of Youngstown streets. Attendees, accompanied by costumed British and
French re-enactors, learned of the events of the Battle of La Belle Famille and
the significance of the battle on the outcome of the French and Indian War.
The battle took place
the morning of July 24, 1759, on the site of what is now Falkner Park on
Youngstown's Main Street. The battle sealed the fate of Fort Niagara and also
directly led to the French defeat in the French and Indian, or Seven Years War.
In the photos:
- Tour guide Toby
Jewett leads the group to Bloody Run Creek, where the first shots in the battle
- Fife and drum music
accompanies the French soldiers and the tour group as they follow the route the
French took the morning of July 24, 1759.
- Fort Niagara
Director Bob Emerson, left, and artist Geoff Harding, unveil Harding's painting
of the Battle of La Belle Famille in the Visitors Center at Old Fort Niagara.
The fort was able to acquire the painting through the donations of WNY members
of the Society of Colonial Wars, Robert J. A. Irwin, Appleton Fryer and the
Baird Foundation. (photos by Wayne Peters)