Fort Ontario Civil War encampment and RC airplane show planned

Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego will host a Civil War encampment and radio-controlled airplane show during Harborfest weekend July 27 and 28.

Living history displays, drills, guard duty, campfire cooking, and more will take place inside the historic fort, while radio-controlled airplanes will fly off a runway on the bluff north of the fort.

Historic Fort Ontario will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Civil War encampment and RC airplane show, hosted by the Oswego Modelaires RC Airplane Club, will end around 3 p.m. Sunday. The Hawks Junior Aviators will provide flying lessons for children using dual controls.

Parking for Fort visitors, Harborfest trolley riders, and fireworks viewers will be available at the fort for a $6 vehicle fee from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday.

Regular fort admission will be charged on Sunday. Food vendors will set up for fireworks spectators Saturday evening. Food and refreshments will be available at both days at the RC Airplane show.

“Fort Ontario State Historic Site is one of the most historically significant military posts in the United States,” said Site Director Paul Lear. “It has played various roles in our nation’s history from the French and Indian War (1754 – 1763) through the War in Afghanistan.”

The 444th Engineer Company, 479th Engineer Brigade, USAR, veterans of campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, maintains a post on the 258-year old Fort Ontario Military Reservation.

The fort is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego.

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