52:500c – Week 08 – Fort Town

If there is one thing that is great about the reenacting hobby is that it gives me a chance to explore the area where the battles I reenact were fought which are part of the story of not just the country of Canada but the Province of Ontario. Prescott, Ontario is one such community that while many these days are unaware of this tiny town on the shores of the St. Lawrence Seaway has a unique part of the history of Ontario.

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Ontario, over 200 years ago was a newly formed colony of the greater British North America and in those days was known as Upper Canada settled by brave families who remained loyal to the British crown during and following the American Revolution. Prescott was founded as a transfer point where the supplies would sail down the St. Lawrence then transfer to smaller crafts that could easily navigate the rapids before being put onto the lake boats to move deeper into the colony proper and onto towns like Kingston, York, and Niagara. The town was home to a small garrison when war between England and the United States, a garrison that would eventually grown into Fort Wellington. While the town was never directly attacked, troops from the ‘fort’ participated in the Battle of Ogdensburg and Crystler’s Farm in 1813. The garrison again would be called out in 1838 during the Upper Canada Rebellions to again prevent rebels from gaining a foot hold to overthow the British colonial government at the Battle of the Windmill.

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Sadly today much of what Prescott was through the 19th and early 20th centuries has been lost. The completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s removed the need to move cargo between boats for transit between the Atlantic and Great Lakes and the International Bridge further east from the town removed the need for a ferry service that would take passengers directly between the downtowns of Prescott and Ogdensburg. But the town itself makes for a nice place to stop into, a few good pubs in the downtown. Fort Wellington provides an excellent view into 19th century military operations in the region and stands fully restored to how it would have looked during the Upper Canada Rebellions and remains all original buildings. A new visitor’s centre was completed in 2012 and houses the hulk of a 1812 era gunboat. Just east of the town is the site of the Battle of the Windmill. The Windmill was converted to a lighthouse in 1873 and still remains in that configuration today.

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Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm 1:2.8 – Rollei RPX 400
Rollei RPX-D (1+11) 11:00 @ 20C
Meter: Gossen Lunasix F
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)

2 thoughts on “52:500c – Week 08 – Fort Town

    • Yep, cold and snowy sadly right at the end of the season, we really didn’t get enough winter imo here in my part of Ontario.

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