During the War of 1812, Fort George served as the headquarters for the Centre Division of the British Army. These forces included British regulars, local militia, aboriginal warriors, and Runchey’s corps of freed slaves. Major General Sir Isaac Brock, “the saviour of Upper Canada” served here until his death at the Battle of Queenston Heights in October, 1812. Brock and his aide-de-camp John Macdonell were initially buried within the fort. Fort George was destroyed by American artillery fire and captured during the Battle of Fort George in May 1813. The U.S. forces used the fort as a base to invade the rest of Upper Canada, however, they were repulsed at the Battles of Stoney Creek and Beaver Dams.
After a seven month occupation, the fort was retaken in December and remained in British hands for the remainder of the war. After the war, the fort was partially rebuilt, and by the 1820’s it was falling into ruins. It was finally abandoned in favour of a more strategic installation at Fort Mississauga and a more protected one at Butler’s Barracks.
The town of Niagara-on-the-Lake was not only turned into a battlefield during the war, but also put to the torch as the Americans retreated back to the States. A guaranteed recipe for ghostly stories.
Ghost tours of Fort George are offered throughout the summer, from May to September and in October, at Hallowe’en. During the evening you will hear a score of ghostly accounts as well as being introduced to the history of Fort George and the surrounding area.
51 Queen’s Parade
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada