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Old Fort Niagara's Revolutionary War Encampment is Oct. 9-10

by jmaloni
Thu, Oct 7th 2010 10:55 am
Are you a Patriot or a Loyalist?

The American Revolution returns to Old Fort Niagara and American and British forces are vying for your support. Old Fort Niagara hosts a Revolutionary War Encampment on Saturday, Oct. 9, and Sunday, Oct. 10.

Beginning at 10 a.m. both days, Revolutionary War re-enactors will portray both British and American forces, offering musket and artillery demonstrations throughout the day. At 1 p.m. each day, both the Patriots and the British forces will recruit kids and their parents for a mock battle.

New this year, Old Fort Niagara hosts a special lantern night tour of the historic site and military camps Saturday at 7 p.m. In addition to seeing an 18th century encampment within the fort, participants will be guided by a costumed soldier and learn about the history of Old Fort Niagara and the role it played at this critical time in the nation's history. The program also includes an in-depth discussion about uniforms and equipment used on a daily basis by soldiers during the American Revolution.

Tickets for this special tour are $15 and available by advance registration by calling the fort at 745-7611. Those who purchase tickets for the evening tour can also visit the fort during the day.

The British held the post at Fort Niagara throughout the American Revolution, enabling "the Crown" to hold the Great Lakes and serve as a base for frontier raids from New Jersey to Kentucky. It was also a place of refuge for those Americans who remained loyal to King George.

For more information, visit www.oldfortniagara.org.

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