Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Old Fort Niagara—over 300 years of History

We are now traveling with our friends Tom and Sandy Burke.  We are especially excited about traveling with them through New England.  Tom is a history buff and has been a great resource to have as we travel through these historic areas.

Fort Niagara does a great job having period “actors” walking and performing throughout the fort. 

We were able to watch a music demonstration.  It was so interesting to find out that musicians start as young as 11 years old.  They are one of the most protected positions in an army.  They also have a high rank and have a higher rate of pay than a regular soldier—so needless to say once they start their role as musician, they do not give up that job.

The history of Old Fort Niagara spans more than 300 years.  It was occupied by France, Great Britain and finally the United States. 

Because the fort is located at the mouth of the Niagara River; it was an important area to control.

The French originally established the post in 1679 and then built the “French Castle” in 1726.    This building is the focal point of the fort and still stands today.  Britain took control of the fort in 1759 during the French and Indian War and held this control through the American Revolution.   The United States got control of the fort in 1796. 

The fort was captured by the British during the War of 1812 and held that control until 1815. The fort was a training station and barracks from the Civil War, through both World Wars and until the final army units were pulled out in 1963. 
Fort Niagara is one of the longest continuously run military bases in the United States.  The Coast Guard maintains presence at “The Bottoms” in Fort Niagara.
There was a small canyon fire exhibit. 
There was also a musket firing.  The soldier called George up to help with his demonstration.  Explaining the reason soldiers wore red and not camouflages colors. Red coats allow a solider to be seen easily by their fellow soldiers—so they don’t shoot their own.
It was a great day… perfect temperature, sunny and a slight breeze.  

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