Niagara Gazette

July 6, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Old Fort Niagara's 35th annual French and Indian War Encampment

Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Old Fort Niagara is wrapping up its 35th annual French and Indian War Encampment today. It’s the largest reenactment of the year at the fort and features hundreds of authentically clad French, British and Native American participants.

Today, visitors will witness the fort’s capture much as it happened in late July 1759. Activities begin at 11 a.m. with a reenactment of the Battle of La Belle Famille, a crucial engagement that determined the fate of the Fort. A new venue for this event will more closely recreate the terrain in which the original battle occurred 255 years ago. Visitors are urged to arrive at the Fort by 10 a.m. to catch the shuttles to the nearby battle site. At 2 p.m. the British make their final assault on the Fort, this time capturing the outer works and forcing the French to surrender. Following surrender ceremonies and the exit of the French garrison, the British inter their commander, who was killed during the siege.

Today’s events:

• 11 a.m. —  Battle of La Belle Family

• Noon — French Artillery Demonstration

• 1:15 p.m. —Concert of Military Musick

• 2 pm. — Battle reenactment

• 3 p.m. — Surrender ceremony and military funeral