Old Fort Niagara has announced that their ‘Winter Woods Battle’ is set to return on Saturday, February 15th, from 10 am to 4 pm, and will feature cordwaining (shoemaking) as a new demonstration along with its assortment of indoor and outdoor living-history activities for visitors.
Re-enactors from regional units – Brant’s Volunteers, Hoisington Rangers, New York Provincials and Shroth’s New York Company – will join the fort’s staff and volunteers in presenting a full slate of programming for all, indoors and out.
Schedule of Activities
10 am to noon: A Winter’s Project – Cordwaining demonstration by Brett Walker of Ligonier, Pa. (formerly with Colonial Williamsburg, Va.). Learn how shoes are made in the 18th century.
10 am to noon: Quill Penmanship – Take up your quill and learn to write in the 18th – century style. Experience life when “texting” meant a quill pen, inkwell and paper.
10 am to noon: Winter Games
10 am to 2 pm: Food on the Frontier – 18th-century hearth cooking demonstration
10:15 am: Musket Firing Demonstration
11:30 am: Winter Survival in the Fort and on the Trail
Noon: Start a Fire with Flint and Steel
12:15 pm: Musket Firing Demonstration
12:30 pm: Shelter Building
1 pm: Tinsmithing, Make and Take a Tin Ornament
1 to 3 pm: Quill Penmanship
1:15 pm: Musket Firing
1:30 pm: The History of the Snowshoe: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
2 pm: The Expedition: Be on the front lines as French forces from the fort clash with British rangers posted in the woods. Walk on snowshoes (weather permitting*) and enjoy hot chocolate in the British camp. This is approximately a one-mile hike. Wear practical footwear and dress for the weather.
2 pm: Fur Trading Demonstration: Hear tales of the voyageurs and their lives on the Great Lakes.
2 to 3:30 pm: Cordwaining (shoemaking) Demonstration
2 to 3:30 pm: Winter Games
2:15 pm: Musket Firing Demonstration
3:15 pm: Musket Firing Demonstration
4:15 pm: Musket Firing Demonstration
Ongoing Demonstrations: Fishing, Native American Stories and Songs
*If there is enough snow, note that snowshoes are provided first-come, first-served, and visitors are welcome to bring their own.
In addition to the activities, warm drinks and snacks will be for sale onsite at the log cabin. Everything is included with regular admission to the fort and members get in for free. General admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and under.
Old Fort Niagara is located at 102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown. More information about membership and Old Fort Niagara’s upcoming events and programs is available on their website.
Photo of British ranger reenactors firing in woods by Wayne Peters.