History of Fort George
Fort George was built in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1802 as a way to protect British interests in Upper Canada. It was strategically placed as protection against Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY and it saw much action.
In May of 1813, Niagara-on-the-Lake was invaded and captured. Much Fort George was destroyed, the Americans only leaving the Powder Magazine as it was filled with explosives.
The grounds at Fort George remained untouched until 1930. As a symbol of hope once again, it would be at the height of the Great Depression that Fort George would return. Reconstructed and refurnished to it’s 1812 presence.
Questioning the Tunnel – –
Some historians believe the tunnel located on the south side of Fort George was a mistake. Built during the restoration of 1930 as a covered access to a defense point. Later it would be thought the British never had such a tunnel.
Yet, as this place proves, the ghosts are all around.
Many ghosts called this land home.
An angry British soldier has been seen, heard, and even felt around the Barracks #1.
A young girl (possibly a soldier’s daughter) has been seen and heard on the second floor of the Barracks #2 building.
Soldiers are randomly seen outside the walls, but just inside the walls a grey figure has been seen leaning against trees around the fort. He’ll appear for just a moment and then gone.
In the officer’s house, a woman has been spotted inside of an antique mirror. Located near a piano in the grand parlour known to play by itself. Groups in opposite rooms will hear the music before entering to find it empty and quiet.
And in the mistake tunnel the sounds of soldier issue steel-lined shoes are heard dragging along the stone floors.
A personal experience from Fort George
Conveyed Anonymously to The Ghost Walks
The combination of a full moon and clear sky cast a beautiful white glow on all of the buildings in Fort George. This light made for a more pleasant experience as we could see obstacles such as rocks, dips in the earth or buildings, and the ghosts!
A fireworks show was happening not too far from the Fort. This served two purposes; first it gave a wonderful array of lights and colors. Second and most important is that it sounded like artillery fire and canon blasts in the distance.
The Magazine house is the only building that is original and stood during the War. Like most people , I enjoyed taking time to experience the energy of history. To my surprise (I’m not a psychic), I picked up on negative energy from the structure. Normally this would not happen to me. The notable part is that the negative energy was so strong that I had to choke back tears.
We were gathered in the tunnel at the back of the Fort when we heard the muffled grand finale of the fireworks show. This loud and very unique sound was like canon balls smashing against the Fort. The tenseness from those gathered was tough the handle as I’m sure was the feeling of soldiers crammed in their barracks as the war commenced outside.
I’ve heard the barracks building is haunted, and got uneasy whenever looking over into its dimly lit windows. For just a moment towards the end of my night, I could have sworn there was a figure standing, blocking out the light. As fast as it appeared, it was gone. I doubted myself, but do not doubt this place is haunted.