October 10, 2014
OSWEGO - The Friends of Fort Ontario, Central New York Ghost Hunters, and other ghost-hunting groups return to the Fort Ontario State Historic Site, 1 E. Fourth St., Oswego to host Ghost ToursFriday and Saturday, October 17 and 18. Guided tours run in 15-minute increments from 7 to 10 p.m. both evenings. Tickets to the annual event are $13 and must be purchased in advance.
Evidence gathered in the fort's buildings and underground casemates during the tours will be presented in the rooms or areas where it was obtained. People are also invited to bring their own ghost-hunting equipment to find new data under the guidance of the experts.
The tour is not recommended for children under the age of eight and all participants are asked to wear footwear suitable for uneven ground and appropriate clothing for cool, wet, and windy weather conditions, as the event will take place regardless of the weather. Flashlights are also encouraged.
Fort Ontario is said to be one of the most haunted locations in the U.S. and was the subject of an episode of the SYFY Channel's Ghost Hunters in the fall of 2012. Ghost sightings and soundings have been reported at, or in association with, the fort since the 19th century.
Fort Ontario'smost famous ghost is George Fykes, a Loyalist soldier who died in a fever epidemic in 1782. During World War I, a member of the garrison may have become the only soldier in history to escape court martial for abandoning his guard post by reason of being scared off by a ghost. When other members of the garrison testified that they had similar experiences the case was dismissed.
To reserve your ticket for the Ghost Tour, call (315) 343-4711 or visit the fort's museum shop. Fort Ontario State Historic Site is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will close for the season on the Columbus Day holiday, Monday, October 13.
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