On Saturday, May 10, Superintendent Paul Lear will lead a walking tour of the 1814 Battle of Oswego at Fort Ontario State Historic Site.
The tour will begin at 1:45 p.m. at the tunnel entrance of the old stone fort. It is free and open to the public. Appropriate footwear and clothing for cooler and windier conditions along the lake are recommended.
Lake Ontario was the main theater of action during the War of 1812, and Oswego was an important forwarding point on the waterborne supply route from New York City to the US Navy shipyard and port at Sackets Harbo.
On May 5 and 6, 1814, a British amphibious force from Kingston, Ontario attacked and captured Fort Ontario and Oswego after a two-day battle. During the walking tour event, Lear will discuss the individuals and units involved, what actions they took, and the results of the battle.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in Oswego. For more information on Fort Ontario or the walking tour event, call Paul Lear at 343-4711, or email Paul.Lear@parks.ny.gov.