Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Fort Henry

Fort Henry (also know as Fort Henry National Historic Site) is located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

The Fort sits on Point Henry, a strategic point located near the mouth of the Cataraqui River where it flows in to the St. Lawrence River at the upper end of the Thousand Islands.

The present Fort Henry was constructed between 1832 and 1837 to protect the Lake Ontario end of the Rideau Canal.

Uniformed military interpreters known as the Fort Henry Guard staff the fort, conducting demonstrations of British military life tours for visitors. There are also self-guided tours. Today, Joe and I saw a historical reenactment of drills and battle tactics.

Restorations took place as part of a government work program during the Great Depression. "Old Fort Henry" became a living museum with the introduction of the Fort Henry Guard and was opened on August 1, 1938.

Our self-guided tour took about 21/2  hours which also included time in the Fort Henry Discovery Center. It was a great way to spend the morning in Kingston!

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