Historic Fort Ontario

Become a Member of Friends of Fort Ontario

The Friends of Fort Ontario is a not-for-profit educational organization with tax exempt status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Organization was formed in 1989 to encourage community participation in the programs, assist in the preservation and enhancement of the collection of artifacts and documents, develop and conduct educational programs, services and activities which will broaden the experience of a visitor, sponsor fundraising events which will lead to improvements and engage in other activities which are in harmony with the operation of the Fort Ontario State historic Site.

We continue to operate as an all volunteer organization. This has been accomplished and maintained by an effective collaboration facilitated through the Memorandum of Understanding that the Friends of Fort Ontario and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation operate by.

As a member:

  • You have free admission to the fort during normal hours of operation
  • You receive a 10% discount on your purchases from the Museum Shop, with a few exceptions
  • You have exclusive access to the Fort ramparts to watch the Harborfest Fireworks

Your membership supports programming and fort enhancements beyond the basics provided by the State Parks system.

Recent projects include:

  • Sponsorship of reenactments
  • Purchases of historical artifacts for displays
  • Uniforms for the volunteers
  • Wireless Internet for visitors
  • Interpretive panels in and around the fort describing the history of the site
  • Repairs and replacement of some site structures such as flag posts and the Post Cemetery sign.
  • Speakers for events
  • Americorps staff providing interactive activities with guests
  • Advertising promoting fort attendance

Please choose below to “Download a Membership Application” and print out an application to mail with a check, or “Click Here to Join Online” to do the application process and pay the fee online. Thank You.

Click Here to Download a Membership Application
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Click Here To Join Online

Members levels:

  • Individual – Single person, $15
  • Family – Immediate Family (Spouses and Children), $25
  • Senior Citizen (age 62 and over) – Single person, $10
  • Senior Couple (age 62 and over) – Two persons, $15
  • Corporate – Employees only eligible for benefits (Must produce I.D. from employer), $1000
  • Sponsor – Anyone having sponsor card – up to four guests free, $500
  • Patron – Up to four guests free, $250
  • Benefactor – Up to four guests free, $100
  • Business – Up to ten employees only (Must produce I.D. from employer), $50
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