2019 Old Fort Niagara French & Indian War Encampment
Experience the Old Fort Niagara French & Indian War Encampment on July 5-7, 2019 at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York as hundreds of reenactors recreate the historic siege of 1759. As a visitor, reenactor, Large scale French & Indian War battle re-enactments, musket and artillery firings, music, food, military pageantry, 18th century artisans and merchants, Native American councils and hands-on activities for families. This is our largest event of the year.
Three days of living history at Old Fort Niagara put you in the middle of one of the most important and exciting events ever to occur in the Niagara region. Three days of French and Indian War reenactment demonstrations accurately recreate the siege in the order that it happened in 1759.
Old Fort Niagara French & Indian War Encampment
Experience the siege of 1759 during three days of French and Indian War battle demonstrations and living history camps. Hundreds of French, British and Native re-enactors gather at Old Fort Niagara to realistically depict the events of July 1759, when British and provincial forces alongside their Native allies, laid siege to Fort Niagara for 19 days. The event also features a large camp of 18th century merchants and artisans.
Children (6 to 12 years old): $ 9.00
Children (5 and under): FREE
Old Fort Niagara French & Indian War Reenactment Program activities include:
10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony- Trooping of the Colors
10:30 a.m. Special Tour- Get acquainted with the strategies and tactics of an 18th century siege.
11:00 a.m. Engineer’s Recon. – The British Army has landed four miles east of Fort Niagara. British military engineers advance to reconnoiter the Fort and plan their attack. They are spotted by French defenders and fired upon.
Noon- Battle of the Bateau- British troops attempt to reconnoiter the Fort from the water. French infantry and artillery drive them off.
12:30 p.m. Special Tour – Explore the French defenses and learn how the French plan to protect the fort and its garrison.
1:00 p.m. Rutherford’s Embassy- Join British Captain Walter Rutherford as he enters the Fort to demand the French surrender. Eavesdrop on his conversation with Captain Pierre Pouchot. Will the defenders surrender without a fight?
2:00 p.m. British Assault on the Fort- British forces launch an all-out infantry assault on the Fort. Find out why the elaborate tactics employed during a siege made good sense.
2:30 p.m. Special Tour- Learn about what Fort Niagara looked like in 1759.
3:00 p.m. Fur Trading Demonstration- Natives and French traders barter furs for European made goods. Learn about the dynamics of the Great Lakes’ first major business enterprise.
3:30 p.m. Music Demonstration – Fifes and drums present a concert of military music. Learn how musicians regulated and entertained the troops.
4:00 p.m. Children’s Games- Play period games that are low tech but great fun.