This event will focus on how people survived in 18th century New York during the winter months.
From 10:30 am to 2:30 pm, visitors can learn how Europeans and Indigenous People traveled hundreds of miles through sub-zero temperatures to conduct raids on enemy settlements. The program also explores how soldiers and civilians stationed at a Fort Niagara would pass the long winter months and how local Indigenous People coped with winter and fed their families.
Living history demonstrations will include snowshoeing, fire-starting, food preservation and preparation, fur trading and shelter building. Programs will also illustrate what clothing and gear would be needed to survive in the woods for weeks at a time.
Educators from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will present the history of the snowshoe and describe how different types of snowshoes are used for a variety of terrain.
All activities will be inside the walls of Old Fort Niagara. Complimentary hot chocolate will be available at the Visitor Center. Tickets to the event will be available at the door and are included in the fort’s regular admission of $17 for adults and $12 for children 6-12.
For more information, visit the fort’s website.