OSWEGO, NY – On New Year’s Day at 10 a.m., Historic Site Manager Paul Lear will lead a free 2.5-mile First Day Hike around the old 75-acre Fort Ontario Military Reservation, our nation’s newest enlarged National Register District.
The column of hikers will register and assemble inside the old stone fort and march at a moderate pace through 260 years of battles, buildings, fortifications, historical events and personalities.
Green fleece First Day Hike hats will be issued to the first 400 hikers to arrive and register.
Well-behaved dogs on leashes and horses with riders are welcome to participate.
Lear will utilize a bullhorn during the narrated tour in hopes of being heard above the wind.
Hot coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, doughnuts, dog biscuits and carrots for equine hikers will be available afterwards for hike survivors.
First Day Hikes are a nationwide National Park Service initiative in cooperation with New York State Parks to encourage people to begin the New Year by rejuvenating and reconnecting with the outdoors.
Hikers are advised to dress appropriately for “brisker” wind and weather conditions than inland locations.
In case hikers underdress, Fort Ontario sweatshirts and other memorabilia will be available for sale in the museum shop.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the city of Oswego.
For more information, call or email Lear at (315) 343-4711 [email protected]