Old Fort Niagara, is considered the oldest continuously occupied military site in North America. It opened in 1934 as a historic site and public museum. The Fort, originally built to protect the interests of New France in North America, is located near Youngstown, Niagara County, NY, on the eastern bank of the Niagara River at its mouth, on Lake Ontario.
The site has reopened to visitors, following a 15-week closure due to the ongoing pandemic. Daily hours of operation have been shortened slightly from 10 am to 4 pm to allow for extra cleaning before and after hours.
Hourly musket and living-history demonstrations and seasonal food service will resume following proper health and social-distancing guidelines.
Capacity will be capped at 25 percent in indoor spaces, such as the Visitor Center, museum, and historic buildings. Staff will monitor building capacity and encourage visitors to tour the fort grounds in a clockwise direction to reduce the chances of groups overlapping.
Old Fort Niagara would like visitors to note the following:
- If you are sick, do not enter the fort and encourage your family not to enter until you are all well.
- Wear face coverings as per New York State law.
- Maintain minimum 6-foot social distance.
- Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face, maintain your distance from others, and avoid touching surfaces.
Old Fort Niagara’s complete safety plan is detailed online.
Old Fort Niagara is located at 102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown. More information can be found on their website.