All week we’ve been taking a closer look at some area museums and national historic sites as they prepare to open this weekend for another tourist season. Today we head to Prescott and Fort Wellington. Here’s Mike Postovit.
Yes it’s those last minute details that need to be taken care of. Whether it’s a final cut of the grass.
Manicuring the walkways or getting rid of the weed’s. Just some final touches before opening day.
Caitlyn Quade/Fort Interpretation Coordinator
“It’s an exciting time for us all — we have a few new events happening — and a few old favourites as well.”
Billed as one of Upper Canada’s best preserved British military forts — the Prescott landmark has long rooted ties with the St. Lawrence River.
“There is of course the United States on the far side of the river and during the War of 1812, which is what we were first built for it was important for us to make sure that that supply route was running unhindered, lets say.
“After that there was a second period in which the fort was rebuilt — and that’s the Upper Canada rebellion in the late 1830’s –and in that case there was a group of rebels that who simply were trying to find a more democratic form of government here in Upper Canada.”
After that — the Fenian Raids. As for the 2017 season — there’s plenty on the agenda.
“The opening weekend with our re-enactors coming, May 20th and 21st. We have artillery day celebrations the following weekend on May 27th in which an active reserve unit is coming from Ottawa — they’re actually going to bring a C-3 howitzer with them and there will be artillery demonstrations through-out the day.”
But first things first — and that’s this weekend. Mike Postovit, CKWS News Prescott.