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“Last Post” Lantern Tours of Fort Ontario

“Last Post” Lantern Tours of Fort Ontario

Fort Ontario “Last Post” Lantern Tours featuring descriptions about the history, myths, and legends of people who have died at Fort Ontario begin on July 4 inside the old stone fort. Every Wednesday evening at 9 p.m. in July, and 8:45 p.m. in August. Groups will wind their way around the park and visit the post cemetery.

Fort Ontario Conference on History and Archeology

Fort Ontario Conference on History and Archeology

“Reflections on the Great War, 1914-1918” is this year’s theme for the Fort Ontario Conference on History and Archeology. Most of the presentations will center on World War I, but there is a variety of topics.

Saturday Speakers

  • Paul Lear – Fort Ontario in the War of 1917
  • George A. Bray III – Bradstreet’s 1758 Raid on Fort Frontenac
  • Rene Chartrand –  Canadian Army Uniforms and Equipment 1914-1918
  • Timothy J. Abel, PhD – Lake Ontario’s Forgotten War of 1812 Naval Shipyard
  • Brian Leigh Dunnigan – Historic Links in the Waterways of the Early Great Lakes
  • Dianne Graves – John McCrae, The Armistice and the Remembrance Poppy
  • Donald E. Graves – The Daily Life of the Canadian Soldier on the Western Front, 1915-1918, and Those Who Waited at Home for Him

Sunday’s Bus Tour will take guests to sites of the War of 1812: Oswego, Great Sandy and the Great Cable Carry route.

Pre-registration and payment required

  • Saturday 4/21 registration, including lunch and breaks – $35
  • Sunday 4/22 Bus tour including lunch – $35
  • Both Days – $60

To register, call the fort at 315-343-4711.

Or Register Online here

First Day Hike

First Day Hike

Friends of Fort Ontario will host a First Day Hike around the Fort Ontario National Register District on Monday, Jan. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. The event is part of a nationwide initiative to encourage all to begin the New Year by rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors. Cory King, AmeriCorps staffer, will lead the 1-mile family and dog-friendly hike which will proceed at a moderate pace. The free public hike will begin inside the old stone fortification.

The Winter Walk Through History event is part of New York State Park’s statewide First Day Hikes Program and is being conducted in cooperation with Oswego County AmeriCorps and Friends of Fort Ontario.

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