Fort Henry

Fort Henry is Kingston’s biggest and most important tourist attraction.   It is hard to miss, being placed up on a hill, looking over the lake, the Royal Military College and the town.  It was built in the War of 1812, to see off dastardly Americans, but not many dastardly Americans came our way, except for a little group who invaded a lighthouse near Prescott.   They were trying to set Canadians free from British rule during the time of the Upper and Lower Canadian rebellions, but they found that far from wanting to be freed, Canadians resented Americans attacking their shores and started shooting at them–a lesson that Americans have still not learned from, right up into this century.

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Cool doors.

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This is David the 11th–the Fort mascot.

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The stone on the fort walls is very nicely finished.   Sometimes this smooth stone is used, sometimes the more usual, chiselled stone.

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So the whole tradition of imprisoning so called “enemy aliens” started right here in Kingston.  😦

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This is the room that the officers would retire to after dinner, to smoke, play cards and talk about the issues of the day.

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Fine examples of 19th century vacuum cleaners.  They almost look new!

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More of Fort Henry tomorrow.

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