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September 25, 2018

Historic Fort Ontario Hosts Ghost Tours Oct. 17 and 18


OSWEGO – The Friends of Fort Ontario, Central New York Ghost Hunters, and other ghost-hunting groups return to the Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., to host Ghost Tours October 17 and 18.

ICE CAVE AT FORT ONTARIO DURING WORLD WAR I – During the Great War, Fort Ontario was one of the largest post hospitals in the U.S. Thousands of sick and wounded soldiers were brought to the fort to recover.  In one particular incident, a soldier left his guard post after being scared by a ghostly apparition and was brought before a court martial board. He was acquitted after other members of the guard came to his defense to report similar experiences.

ICE CAVE AT FORT ONTARIO DURING WORLD WAR I – During the Great War, Fort Ontario was one of the largest post hospitals in the U.S. Thousands of sick and wounded soldiers were brought to the fort to recover. In one particular incident, a soldier left his guard post after being scared by a ghostly apparition and was brought before a court martial board. He was acquitted after other members of the guard came to his defense to report similar experiences.

Guided tours run in 15-minute increments from 7 to 10 both evenings.

Tickets to the annual event are $13 and must be purchased in advance.

Evidence gathered in the fort’s buildings and underground casemates during the tours will be presented in the rooms or areas where it was obtained.

People are also invited to bring their own ghost-hunting equipment to find new data under the guidance of the experts.

The tour is not recommended for children under the age of eight and all participants are asked to wear footwear suitable for uneven ground and appropriate clothing for cool, wet and windy weather conditions, as the event will take place regardless of the weather.

Flashlights are also encouraged.

Fort Ontario is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the U.S. and was the subject of an episode of the SYFY Channel’s Ghost Hunters in the fall of 2012.

Ghost sightings and soundings have been reported at, or in association with, the fort since the 19th century.

Fort Ontario’s most famous ghost is George Fykes, a Loyalist soldier who died in a fever epidemic in 1782.

During World War I, a member of the garrison may have become the only soldier in history to escape court martial for abandoning his guard post by reason of being scared off by a ghost.

When other members of the garrison testified that they had similar experiences the case was dismissed.

To reserve your ticket for the Ghost Tour, call (315) 343-4711 or visit the fort’s museum shop.

During the summer, Fort Ontario State Historic Site is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It closed for the season on the Columbus Day holiday, October 13.

One Response “Historic Fort Ontario Hosts Ghost Tours Oct. 17 and 18”

  1. October 17, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    thinking about going. saw a ghost there before it was creepy but cool!

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