When Betsy and I visited Niagara Falls in 2002, we were able to take in sites other than the falls themselves. One of the places we visited was Fort George National Historical Site near Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Fort George served as headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army during the War of 1812. The fort was destroyed by American artillery fire and captured by the United States in May, 1813, during the Battle of Fort George. The United States held the fort until December, 1813, when it was recaptured by the British. After the war the fort was partially rebuilt, but was later abandoned in favor of more strategic installations at Fort Mississauga and Butler’s Barracks.
The original plans of the Royal Engineers guided the reconstruction of Fort George as a National Historic Site in the 1930′s.
The map above shows the location of Fort George on the United States-Canadian border.
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