Youngstown, New York

At Old Fort Niagara, it’s easy to lose yourself in the eighteenth century. With six original eighteenth century buildings, extensive fortifications and engaging living history programs, the Fort offers visitors an exciting getaway to the North American frontier. The Fort’s oldest building, the 1726 French Castle, illustrates what life was like for officers, soldiers and civilians stationed at the Fort during tumultuous times.

The French founded Fort Niagara in 1726 and it changed hands five times during its long history, three times by treaty and twice in combat. Today, living history interpreters portray French, British and American soldiers, clothed and equipped as their forebears from the early 18th century through the War of 1812. Visitors to the Fort experience musket and cannon firings, period skills demonstrations and discover how people ate, worked and survived when Lake Ontario was the frontier.

The Fort also offers an extensive schedule of special events. Four large scale reenactments illustrate the Fort’s role in the French and Indian War, The American Revolution and the War of 1812. A full schedule is available on the Fort’s website at oldfortniagara.org.