OSWEGO – Friends of Fort Ontario will host a holiday open house at Fort Ontario State Historic Site on Dec. 11 to 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The theme of the open house, which will be held in the newly restored and furnished Enlisted Men’s Barracks within the old stone fort, will be “A Soldier’s Christmas at Fort Ontario.”
Desserts representative of the diverse ethnic backgrounds of soldiers and prepared with ingredients available to army cooks posted at the fort in the late 1860s will be displayed on the mess tables the night before Christmas.
Upstairs the soldiers sleep soundly in their bunks, anticipating the holiday free from drill and fatigue duty.
Guests are invited to enjoy Fort Ontario molasses cookies, cider, coffee, and tea; they are also welcome to make and take home Victorian ornaments, sing Victorian Christmas carols, and take pictures of themselves in a life-size cutout of fort bugler, George “Max” Dietz and his wife, Anna.
For those wishing to support programming, restoration, events, and other Friends of Fort Ontario sponsored activities, the museum shop will be open and a variety of fort related clothing, souvenirs, history books, and 2016 Friends memberships will be offered for sale.
Samples of American Heritage Drinking Chocolate will be available for tasting and for sale with other historically accurate colonial era chocolate.
Admission to the Holiday Open House at Fort Ontario is free and open to the public.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located off Route 104 East at the north end of East Fourth Street in the city of Oswego.
Guests are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear and clothing for cold and windy conditions prevalent at the fort, and to bring their own flashlights.
There is plenty of free parking available in the main visitor lot, and those with special needs are encouraged to contact the fort beforehand.
For more information on the fort and event, contact Jennifer Emmons or Paul Lear at (315) 343-4711.