2019 Old Fort Niagara War of 1812 Encampment
Experience early American history at the Old Fort Niagara War of 1812 Encampment on August 31 – September 1, 2019 at at Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown, New York. Night battle recreates the British assault of 1813. Experience the surprise British attack on Fort Niagara that took place on December 19, 1813. The attack is recreated in real time on Saturday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m. Daytime activities include tactical demonstrations, clothing programs, recruiting demonstrations and hands-on activities for families.
Visit Old Fort Niagara
If you visit during one of our special events, like Old Fort Niagara War of 1812 Encampment, 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. If you visit during the off season, you’ll enjoy self-guided or audio tours and hourly musket demonstrations in addition to the many exhibits and period rooms throughout the Fort. Why not make plans to visit the Fort today? You’ll experience a unique blend of authenticity and drama that brings history alive.
Admission: Adults $13, Children 6-12 $9, under 6 free
Discounts: $12 Adults; $8 Children for Senior Citizens, Military & Vets w/ID, AAA/CAA w/ID, NYS Parks Discovery Pass coupon, Guests of Old Fort Niagara Association Members
Daily Schedule (Saturday & Sunday)
9:00 a.m. Fort opens
10:00 a.m. Flag Raising
10:15 a.m. Manual Exercise – Troops Marching, Maneuvering
11:00 a.m. Uniforms of the War of 1812
Noon Artillery Demonstration
1:00 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday) Concert of Military Music
1:00 p.m. (Saturday) Lecture Presentation
“Gray Doom on the Niagara: Winfield Scott’s Brigade” by Dr. Richard Barbuto, author of the books: Long Range Guns, Close Quarters Combat: The U.S. Artillery Regiment in the War of 1812 (2010), and U.S. Army Staff Ride Handbook for the War of 1812 Niagara Campaigns, 1812-1814 (2016), both available for purchase in the fort’s museum shop.
2:30 p.m. Battle Re-enactment
3:30 p.m. Kids Program: Recruiting (Saturday); Games (Sunday)
4:15 p.m. Artillery Demonstration (Saturday); Musket Demo (Sunday)
4:30 p.m. (Sunday) Last admissions into the fort; Fort closes at 5 p.m.
Old Fort Niagara War of 1812 Encampment Mini-Gallery
Saturday Only Schedule
The Saturday evening activities, below, are unique to this event and the fort remains open late. Admissions into the fort for this program will end at 7 p.m. when the doors will be closed to incoming and outgoing visitors until about 9 p.m. to ensure visitor safety.
5:00 p.m. Musket Demonstration
5:30 p.m. Regency English Country Dancing
6:00 p.m. Guided Tour: Fort Niagara in the War of 1812
7:00 p.m Last admissions into fort for evening activities
7:15 p.m. Music Concert by the Mackenzie Highlanders’ Pipes and Drums
8:00 p.m. Reenactment of the British Capture of Fort Niagara, December 19, 1813
The Officers’ Club, just outside the fort’s footprint, will be open during the Old Fort Niagara War of 1812 Encampment from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. for tours and access to the World War II display. The lighthouse will also be open from noon to 3 p.m.
Old Fort Niagara – Standing Guard Since 1726
4 Scott Avenue
Youngstown, NY 14174
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About Old Fort Niagara
Old Fort Niagara has dominated the entrance to the Niagara River since 1726. In American hands since 1796, Fort Niagara was recaptured by the British in 1813, and then ceded to the US a second time in 1815 at the end of the War of 1812. Today, visitors can discover an amazing collection of military architecture, including the oldest building in the Great Lakes region: the “French Castle.” The fort is a New York State and National Historic Landmark and hosts several reenactments each year.
Mark your calendar today so you won’t miss the Old Fort Niagara War of 1812 Encampment at Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown, New York.
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