Fort George National Historic Site is a historic military structure at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, that was the scene of several battles during the War of 1812. The fort consists of six earthen and log bastions linked by a wooden palisade and surrounded by a dry ditch. Inside the walls, the Royal Engineers constructed a guardhouse, log blockhouses, a hospital, kitchens, workshops, barracks, an officers' quarters, and a stone powder magazine. The superbly designed magazine is the only original building on the site.
A Brief History of The Fort
From 1812 to 1814, Niagara was a hotly contested battleground, invaded by armies of the United States. Through that bitter conflict, Fort George played a vital role. No visit to the town is complete without a tour of the venerable Fort George National Historic Site of Canada, where British soldiers, Canadian militiamen and Aboriginal peoples fought to ensure that Ontario was not annexed to the United States.
Fort George has been restored to the War of 1812 period and contains buildings furnished to recreate the site as it would have been during war.
It will be a year round facility that will offer opportunities for private dinners and events for large groups and corporations. Through exhibits on the main floor and on the observation deck above, the Agora will make connections to all the stories of Niagara’s past including Butler’s Barracks and the Indian Council House.
A unique experience
As Niagara has an expansive heritage spanning centuries, the facility will give us flexibility for a variety of programming beyond the War of 1812. The Agora will also become a focal point for special events taking place on the grounds of Fort George. The Agora will offer a picturesque and unique venue for an event or to simply have a picnic lunch and spark a connection and appreciation of the rich heritage in Niagara..