Sept. 11, 2015
OSWEGO - The Friends of Fort Ontario and Central New York Ghost Hunters will present the annual Ghost Tours and Reveal event at Fort Ontario State Historic Site Friday and Saturday evenings, Oct. 16 and 17.
"Fort Ontario is purported to be one of the most haunted locations in the United States, and was the subject of an episode of the SYFY Channel's Ghost Hunters show in 2012," said Fort Supervisor Paul Lear. "Ghost sightings and soundings at the old army post have been reported since the 1800s. Fort Ontario's most famous purported ghosts are Corporal George Fykes, a member of the King's Royal Regiment of New York, who died during a fever epidemic in 1782, and Lieutenant Basil "Bassy" Dunbar of the 60th Regiment of Foot, who was mortally wounded in a duel with Lt. Peter Penier of the same regiment in 1759."
Tours are available by advance reservation only:$15 tickets may be purchased by calling (315) 343-4711, by visiting the fort's museum shop Wednesday through Sunday, the Friends' tent at Pumpkinfest, and the Friends' table at the Oswego Farmers Market on Thursday, Oct. 1 and 8.
The guided ghost tours are scheduled in 15-minute increments from 7 to 10 p.m. and last 1½ hours each. Evidence gathered in the buildings and underground casemates will be presented in rooms and areas where it was gathered during the year. Guests are invited to bring their own ghost hunting equipment and seek new data under the guidance of the experts.
The tour is not recommended for children under eight years of age. Footwear suitable for uneven ground, clothing appropriate for cold, wet, and windy weather conditions, and flashlights are encouraged. The tours will take place regardless of the weather. Light refreshments will be provided.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego. The fort is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4:30 p.m. Fort Ontario will close for the season after the Columbus Day holiday, Monday, Oct. 12.
EARLY FRENCH PISTOL LOCK FROM FORT ONTARIO - Pictured is an early 18th century French pistol lock with its lead and flint, found intact during archeological excavations at Fort Ontario in 1984. A weapon of the same era was used when Lt. Basil Dunbar was shot through the lungs with a pistol ball and died on Oct. 12, 1759. In 1902 Dunbar's remains and his headstone were found under 12 feet of earth within the fort'searthworks when they were scraped away to level the area of officers' row in 1903-05..
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