2018 Old Fort Niagara Winter Woods Battle
Join us for the annual Old Fort Niagara Winter Woods Battle on February 17, 2018 at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York. Visit Old Fort Niagara for a family-friendly, full-day winter experience! Demonstrations and activities include: battle in the woods, surviving winter on the Niagara Frontier, soldiers’ clothing, bedding and weaponry, winter travel and the Great Lakes fur trade.
Learn about the history of snowshoeing and wear a pair (if there’s snow) to the winter woods battle. Also, learn how to make a fire with flint and steel and practice tinsmithing to make your own ornament. Reenactors will bring history to life all day long. The hands-on activities highlights winter life at the Fort and let you see if you have what it takes to survive a winter garrison in the middle of the 18th century.
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm; Activities begin at 10 a.m.
Children (6 to 12 years old): $ 8.00
Children (5 and under): FREE
Discount Admission: Adult $11.00 / Child $7.00 applies to Seniors, Military, AAA/CAA members with a valid card, NYS Parks Discovery Pass coupon & Guests of Old Fort Niagara Association Members (ID Required)
Please note that admission prices for special events may be different.
Schedule of Activities
10:00 a.m. – Noon: A Winter’s Project- Hornsmithing and Leather Work
10:00 a.m. – Noon: Winter Games
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Food on the Frontier
10:15 a.m. Musket Firing
11:00 a.m. Fur Trading Demonstration
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. A Hearty 18th Century Meal for Purchase in the Log Cabin
11:15 a.m. Musket Firing
11:30 a.m. Winter Survival in the Fort and on the Trail
Noon: Start a Fire with Flint and Steel
12:15 p.m. Musket Firing
12:30 p.m. Shelter Building
1:00 p.m. Tinsmithing- Make and Take a Tin Ornament
1:15 p.m. Musket Firing
1:30 p.m. The History of the Snowshoe (by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation).
2:00 p.m. The Expedition. Accompany French soldiers into the woods in search of the English.
Witness a winter woods battle and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate. Please note- this is a two mile hike. Please be sure you are physically up to it before embarking. Activities in the Fort will continue for those who prefer to remain in garrison.
2:00 p.m. The Fur Trade
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Winter Games
2:00 – 3:30 p.m. A Winter’s Project: Hornsmithing and Leather Work
2:15 p.m. Musket Firing
3:15 p.m. Musket Firing
4:00 p.m. Musket Firing
Old Fort Niagara
4 Scott Avenue
Youngstown, NY 14174
For More Information: Call (716) 745-7611; Email [email protected]
About Old Fort Niagara
Old Fort Niagara is located in Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown, New York. It is a registered National Historic Landmark and New York State Historic Site operated by the Old Fort Niagara Association. Old Fort Niagara offers a chance to step back in time to an era when great empires struggled for control of North America. Visit original 18th century buildings, enjoy incredible views and take part in exciting living history programs. If you visit during one of our special events, you’ll meet reenactors who faithfully recreate the lives of past Fort garrisons and depict the struggles that led to the birth of the United States and Canada.
Supporting the Fort: Old Fort Niagara Association, Inc.
The Old Fort Niagara Association is responsible for opening the Fort to the public on a regular schedule, providing visitor services, maintenance and security, upholding State standards for historic preservation, providing interpretive programming and managing and caring for a large collection of artifacts and documentary materials. The Old Fort Niagara Association also manages an ambitious publications program and conducts archaeological research in cooperation with Buffalo State College.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Old Fort Niagara Winter Woods Battle in February at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York.
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