Old Fort Niagara’s history spans almost 300 years. During those three centuries of occupation, the fort has seen combat for only about 23 days.
On Aug. 20-21, Old Fort Niagara will host a “Living History Weekend” that explores what daily life was like during the rest of the fort’s history when men, women and children went about their daily tasks, working to survive at an isolated frontier outpost.
Highlighting the weekend event will be special interactive programs that allow visitors to step back in time and engage in the fur trade, guard the fort, participate in a military drill, lay out an 18th century fortification, bake bread, sing period songs and play 18th century games.
Living history interpreters will also demonstrate 18th century food preparation; lighting; beadwork and quillwork; muskets and artillery; preparing for winter; fishing; and hairdressing. Children will have the opportunity to guess who’s who, as they tour the fort and meet characters from the 1750s, 1770s and 1812 eras. Each child will receive a handout showing different uniforms to take home and color.
Organizers said, “Most of Old Fort Niagara’s special events focus on conflicts in which the fort saw action. ‘Living History Weekend’ offers a different perspective – allowing the visitor to experience and take part in daily life for the fort’s French, British and American garrisons.”