In both world wars it housed PRISONERS OF WAR. In 1936 it was leased to the Ontario government, which had it restored as a historic park as part of a Great Depression works project. It was opened to the public in 1938 and again in 1948 after its second duty as an INTERNMENT camp.
Today, Fort Henry, a major attraction in a city that boasts many fine old buildings, is restored to its mid-1860 appearance, and houses refurnished buildings and a museum of military arms and equipment. During the summer the "Fort Henry Guard" demonstrates precision drill manoeuvres. Parks Canada manages Fort Henry as a national historic site (designated in 1923) and the Ontario government operates the site.
Author C.J. TAYLOR Rev: RONALD J. DALE
Links to Other Sites
The website for the Historica-Dominion Institute, parent organization of The Canadian Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. Check out their extensive online feature about the War of 1812, the "Heritage Minutes" video collection, and many other interactive resources concerning Canadian history, culture, and heritage.
Fort Henry Adventure
About the history of Fort Henry. From Library and Archives Canada.
The Canadian Register of Historic Places
Canada is home to a vast array of fascinating historical sites. Many of them are illustrated and described in this searchable online database of Canadian historic places that are of local, provincial, territorial, and national significance.
St. Lawrence War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance
The latest news about upcoming community events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 in Eastern Ontario. Features local history and online archival material about the war. From the St. Lawrence War of 1812 Bicentennial Alliance.