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Tours To Feature Fort’s ‘Notable Dead’

<p>A dead body's hand reaches out from under a sheet. The west artillery casemate is being redone to reflect what it might have looked like in the early 1900s when it was a makeshift morgue when an Influenza outbreak decimated the fort as well as the Port City.</p>

How many ghost stories are there connected to Fort Ontario? “More than the number of bars in Oswego,” quipped one of the organizers of this year’s ghost tours at the historic landmark. Some legendary figures, such as Lt. Basil Dunbar, killed in a duel in 1759, or Private George Fykes, who died in a 1782 fever epidemic, are rumored to appear as ghostly figures walking the ramparts of Fort Ontario and scaring army sentries and intruders.