Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:
Once upon a time in 2004, Anne and I got married and had a honeymoon! A week later, we (and my son) embarked on our fifth annual road trip: a drive northeast from Indianapolis up to see the watery wonders of Niagara Falls and its adjacent tourist traps.
Of the four Great Lakes we’ve visited, Lake Ontario was the only one considered a strategic location worthy of a military outpost by both the French and the British back in the eighteenth century. For fans of natural attractions and American history — you can bet my wife qualifies — Fort Niagara State Park is a logical addition to your upstate New York vacation itinerary.
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We followed up our dallying around Lake Ontario with a self-guided tour of Fort Niagara, home to one of the oldest buildings on the Great Lakes. Built by the French as part of their line of defense during the French and Indian War, Fort Niagara was taken over by the British and was briefly held by them during the War of 1812. By the Civil War, the fort had fallen into obscurity, but became a tourist site in the early 20th century. During WWII it was used both as an induction site for troops and an internment camp for German POWs.
The best part of the Fort Niagara experience: War of 1812 reenactors firing an actual cannon. We brake any time a tourist site wants to entertain us with EXPLOSIONS!
To be continued!
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