Continuing our fort visits to Ontario, we traveled up CA Hwy 401 to Prescott about an hour from Kingston.
Fort Wellington was the main post for the communication between Montreal and Kingston during the war of 1812. It sits across the St. Lawrence from Ogdensburg, NY.
In 1813 a force of local militia and British regulars successfully captured the fort at Ogdensburg.
In 1837, rebellions broke out in Upper and Lower Canada and after failing to free the colonies from British rule,many fled to the United States. In 1838 while the fort was being rebuilt, a force of Canadian rebels and American sympathizers landed at Windmill Point just down from the fort in hopes of capturing the fort. After four days of bloody fighting,the rebels surrendered. After the American Civil War, Prescott was again threatened ,this time by Fenian soldiers who believed they could capture Canada and hold it for ransom for the independence of Ireland.
In 1871 British troops withdrew from Canada, the fort served as a militia depot during WW I. In 1923 it was declared a historic site. The newly constructed Visitor Center houses an 1800's British gun boat hull salvaged from the waters of Brown's Bay near Mallorytown Landing.
|British Gun Boat|
|signage for the Fort|
|Model of Fort Wellington|
|Battle of the Windmill Site|