Saturday, April 27, 2019

Battle of York 2019

Steel will strike down on flint and muskets will blast out fire and smoke during Battle of York displays in Toronto's historic Fort York this weekend. You can help honour the 206th anniversary of the Battle of York which took place in April of 1813 by attending Saturday and Sunday, April 27-28 from 10am to 5pm. The fort holds Canada's largest collection of original buildings from the War of 1812 and is a great living museum.

From the Friends of Fort York; Honour the 206th anniversary of the Battle of York fought on April 27, 1813. "The fort comes alive with musket-firing demonstrations, Georgian cooking in the Officers' Quarters kitchen, site tours, period animation and an 1812-era Kids' Drill. Make sure to include a visit to the original Regimental Colours of the 3rd Regiment of York Militia. Secreted away to keep them from American troops, the Colours are now on display in the Fort York Visitor Centre."

Americans attacked the Fort York in 1813 and the British defended, then retreated, blowing up some stuff in the process. The Government of Canada says of the occupation "The Americans accepted the surrender of York, occupied the town for a few days, burned government buildings including Parliament and the shipyard, and then returned to Sackets Harbour. For the Americans, the Capture of York was a politically important victory. Following months of ineffective campaigning, it was a much-needed boost to both military and civilian morale." The British returned after they Muricans left town, rebuilding and rearming the fort which then stood off an 1814 flotilla of returning Americans which was looking for a repeat of their earlier victory.

Activities take place at the fort until 4:30pm on the weekend with musket firing demonstrations at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30. You can also tour the buildings (guided tours and self guided) and see historic cooking demonstrations.

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