Ontario Re-Visited ~ Fort George National Historic Site
National Historic Sites
During the War of 1812 several Forts were built along the Canadian – United States border. These were built to hold off attacks from the Americans. Today, many of them have been designated as National Historic Sites. Fort George, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake, is one of them.
Fort George National Historic Site is a historic military structure at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, which was the scene of several battles during the War of 1812. The fort consists of earthworks and palisades, along with internal structures, including an officer’s quarters, blockhouses to accommodate other ranks and their families, and a stone powder magazine, which is the only original building on the site. Opposite the fort, across the Niagara River, stands Fort Niagara in New York, which can be seen from Fort George’s ramparts.
The Americans Are Coming!
Soldiers in redcoats fire muskets, clouding the air with black powder smoke. Music drifts past blockhouses, a historic powder magazine, and cannons on the lookout. Step straight from the genteel Victorian town of Niagara-on-the-Lake into the War of 1812 at Fort George, a military post that defended Upper Canada against American attacks.
Original historic “Art Sketch” by Susan ‘Shadow’ Caron