Old Fort Niagara invites readers to celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on Saturday, Feb. 12, with a special discount admission at the historic site in Youngstown.
That day, the fort will offer a special $5 cash-only admission for visitors. OFN said those who pay with the $5 U.S. bill bearing Lincoln’s portrait will be able to gain admission at a fraction of the regular cost, while enjoying special programs about local history during Lincoln’s time.
Normal admission prices are $17 for adults and $12 for children.
“This is a great way for local families to enjoy the fort at modest cost,” said Robert Emerson, executive director of Old Fort Niagara. “We will be offering special programs on Lincoln’s birthday focused on the Civil War, when he was president.”
Emerson noted that, at the onset of the Civil War, Fort Niagara was garrisoned by elements of the Seventh U.S. Infantry Regiment. This unit was captured by the Confederates in New Mexico in July of 1861 and sent to northern border posts on parole the following winter. Later, the Union strengthened Fort Niagara by adding the massive brick walls that remain a prominent feature of the fort today.
Currently, Old Fort Niagara is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information on Old Fort Niagara and its many historical programs, visit www.oldfortniagara.org.