Fort Ontario State Park
Visitors to Fort Ontario State Historic Site today will see the star-shaped fort dating to the early 1840's with 1863 – 1873 improvements.
Underground artillery casemates and rifle galleries, Powder Magazine, East and West Guardhouses, Storehouse, and ramparts are available for touring from a fantastic vista overlooking Lake Ontario. The fourth and current Fort Ontario was built on the ruins of three earlier fortifications dating to the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812.
It was occupied by the U.S. Army through World War II, and from 1944 – 1946 Fort Ontario served as the only refugee camp in the United States for victims of the Nazi Holocaust under the special order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
A post cemetery containing the graves of 77 officers, soldiers, women, and children who served at Fort Ontario in war and peace is also situated on the grounds.
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