Old Fort Niagara has announced their scheduled events for the month of April, including Fortress Foolery on April Fools’ Day, an Easter Sunday service, National Laundry Day, and a History Master Class.
During the Fortress Foolery program on April 1st, visitors to the fort can solve riddles and discover weird items that are out of place in an 18th century fort. Those who solve the riddles correctly receive a special souvenir of their visit to the fort.
On April 9th, Easter Sunday, the First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown will host a sunrise service at 6:30 am at the fort. This tradition goes back many years and is free and open to the public.
April 15th is National Laundry Day, and is an occasion for people to assess their laundry habits and teach children how to do laundry. The word ‘laundry’ comes from the Middle English ‘lavendry,’ which in turn came from the Old French word ‘lavanderie’ or ‘lavandier’ for ‘person who washes linen.
Visitors to Old Fort Niagara will experience how laundresses did laundry for military garrisons in the 18th century. Laundresses were generally enlisted soldiers’ wives who were paid by the piece to wash the soldiers’ linen. Military commanders of the day knew how important cleanliness was to the soldier’s health and even frontier outposts like Fort Niagara had provisions for keeping clothing and uniforms clean.
Persons who are interested in becoming reenactors and reenactors interested in improving their historical impression are invited to a history master class on Saturday, April 22nd. The sessions include developing an accurate Native American impression, 18th century foodways, women’s attire and outfitting soldiers during the French and Indian War and American Revolution. Registration is $10 per person (Old Fort Niagara members are free). Lunch is available for an additional $15 per person.
April wraps up with Rush Bagot Day, observing the anniversary of the 1817 Rush Bagot Treaty that demilitarized the United States-Canadian border. Members of the Old Fort Niagara Association and the Friends of Fort George will receive free admission to each other’s forts on Saturday, April 29th.
Old Fort Niagara is located at 102 Morrow Plaza, in Youngstown, NY. For more information, visit the Old Fort Niagara website.
Leave a Reply