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Old Fort Niagara offers free night to launch season

YOUNGSTOWN – A new season will open at Old Fort Niagara with a free admission and preview night from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 18.

Visitors will be offered tours, a chance to meet characters from the fort’s past and learn about upcoming summer programming that will feature the American Revolution.

Old Fort Niagara offers both education and entertainment, from battle re-enactments to programs to performances, that are designed to highlight the fort’s role for nearly three centuries on the Niagara Frontier. The fort is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest existing 18th century building and fortification in the Great Lakes region.

“We strive to inspire visitors every day at Old Fort Niagara by sharing authentic experiences that are part of our collective history,” said Robert Emerson, executive director of Old Fort Niagara, in an announcement of the new season.

Old Fort Niagara invites all to “Walk in the Footsteps of History,” not just with battle re-enactments, but also demonstrations on how bread was baked, how iron was turned to steel for latches and handles, how Natives taught and traded with settlers, how wood was shaped into furniture and much more.

The fort is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in July and August. It is located 14 miles north of Niagara Falls. Regular admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children under 5. Admission also is free to members. For a list of upcoming events, go to the website at www.oldfortniagara.org.