Featured News - Current News - Archived News - News Categories

Old Fort Niagara presents 'Winter Woods Battle'

Submitted

Thu, Feb 7th 2019 04:55 pm
The Native American game of snow snakes is planned for 'Winter Woods Battle,' so the staff at Old Fort Niagara is hoping for some more snow! (Photo by Wayne Peters)
The Native American game of snow snakes is planned for 'Winter Woods Battle,' so the staff at Old Fort Niagara is hoping for some more snow! (Photo by Wayne Peters)

Saturday, Feb. 16

Old Fort Niagara encourages the public to embrace winter and enjoy a day of living history on Saturday, Feb. 16, at its annual “Winter Woods Battle” featuring indoor and outdoor activities. The day’s demonstrations start at 10 a.m. and include fur trading, shelter building, fire starting, weaponry, cooking, winter games, artisans and snowshoeing (or hiking) to a battle in the woods with complimentary hot chocolate with the re-enactors.

“The ‘Winter Woods Battle’ is the antidote to cabin fever right about now,” said Robert Emerson, executive director of the Old Fort Niagara Association. “This event is great for kids and families and gets visitors outdoors to explore the history of the Niagara Frontier while gaining an understanding of a soldier’s life in the wintertime.”

Re-enactors from regional units – Brant’s Volunteers, Hoisington Rangers, New York Provincials and Shroth’s New York Company – join the fort’s staff and volunteers in presenting a full slate of programming for all, whether indoor or outdoor enthusiasts.

“Mingling with re-enactors and enjoying hot chocolate over an open fire is a favorite among our visitors,” Emerson said. “Plus, kids and adults alike enjoy making fire with flint and steel, snowshoeing to a battle in the woods, building shelters out of branches, or keeping warm by fires in the French Castle while learning about tinsmithing and the Great Lakes fur trade.”

In addition to the activities, a hearty 18th-century meal and warm drinks will be for sale onsite at the log cabin.

Schedule of Activities

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Write with a quill pen in the Sir William Johnson Room.
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Play a game of snow snakes and other winter sports.
  • 10 a.m. to noon: Winter survival in the fort and on the trail: Experience how people stayed warm in the days before central heating and down parkas.
  • 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.: Food on the frontier: Watch a colonial cooking demonstration and learn what foods were eaten during the winter months.
  • 10:15 a.m.: Musket firing demonstration.
  • 11 a.m.: Fur trading demonstration: Learn how Native Americans bartered furs for European-made goods. Handle various furs, hides and trade goods.
  • 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.: 18th century meal for sale in the log cabin.
  • 11:15 a.m.: Musket-firing demonstration.
  • Noon: Start a fire with flint and steel.
  • 12:15 p.m.: Musket firing demonstration.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Shelter-building: Try your hand at building a wilderness shelter like they did in the 18th century.
  • 1 p.m.: Tinsmithing: make and take a tin ornament.
  • 1-3 p.m.: Write with a quill pen in the Sir William Johnson Room.
  • 1:15 p.m.: Musket firing demonstration.
  • 1:30 p.m.: Snowshoes and their history: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
  • 2 p.m.: Snowshoe patrol/winter hike: Join the fort’s garrison as it patrols east to the woods along Lake Ontario, where a skirmish ensues. Afterward, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate in the woods camp. This is an approximately 1.5-mile hike over rough ground.
  • 2 p.m.: Fur trading demonstration at the fort.
  • 2:15 p.m.: Musket-firing demonstration.
  • 3:15 p.m.: Musket-firing demonstration.
  • 4 p.m.: Musket-firing demonstration.

If there is enough snow, note that snowshoes are provided first-come, first-served. Visitors are welcome to bring their own.

Everything is included with regular admission to the fort, which is $13 for adults, $9 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under, and free for Old Fort Niagara Association members.

Visit Old Fort Niagara at www.oldfortniagara.org.

comments powered by Disqus

Hometown News