52:320TXP - Week 36 - The Castle

Well it’s not really a castle in any sense of the word, but this 1726 building in Old Fort Niagara has earned the moniker “The French Castle.” Constructed as part of the second fortifications at the mouth of the Niagara, the French first came to the region in 1678. However due to illness and lack of supplies the site was abandoned. The current fortifications on site date to 1726 as has remained occupied since. The British took the fort in a siege in 1759 during the French-Indian War (Seven Years War), it continued to remain a British stronghold through the American Revolution, but was turned over to the Americans in 1796. Captured again by the British in a surprise attack in 1813 in response to the American Burning of what is today Niagara-On-The-Lake. It was again returned to the Americans following the war. The site is unique in the fact that it blends the style and construction of three different eras, from the early 18th Century French, late 18th British, and Late 19th American. The fort and grounds around it has seen all the major conflicts that came to North America, and today stands as the longest continually occupied Military post in North America, while the Army occupation ended after the Korean Conflict, the US Coast Guard maintains a detachment. Every Labour Day the fort holds their annual War of 1812 Garrison, an event I’ve had the pleasure of attending twice, which honours the 1813 capture of the fort (which actually happened in December, but no one really wants to camp/reenact at that time of year, although we did do it once last year, to the day and even to the hour)

Pacemaker Crown Graphic – Schneider-Kreuznack Angulon 1:6,8/90 – Kodak Tri-X Pan (320TXP)
Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V
1/2″ – f/32 – ASA-250
Kodak Xtol (1+1) 7:45 @ 20C

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