Bemelmans Walking Tour Set At Fort Ontario Tonight

Fire drill at the fort

Fire drill at the fort

OSWEGO – Today, (May 17) at 7 p.m., Superintendent Paul Lear will lead a Ludwig Bemelmans themed walking tour of the Fort Ontario Military Reservation National Register District.

Fire drill at the fort
Fire drill at the fort

The tour will assemble at the fort’s main parking lot and visit points described by Bemelmans in his book about his World War I army service in the Medical Corps at Fort Ontario, “My War with the United States.”

After his army discharge Bemelmans became a famous artist and author of children’s books; he is most remembered for a series of books about the adventures of Madeline, a red-haired girl in a Paris orphanage.

Bemelmans died in 1962 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

For more information on the walking tour, call Lear at (315) 343-4711.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the city of Oswego.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 65 million people annually.

A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs.

For more information on any of these recreation areas call (518) 474-0456, or visit,, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.