Historic fort on the side of a Niagara-on-the-Lake golf course gets honours

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Published October 15, 2021 at 2:54 pm

A historic fort built back in 1814 on the edge of a Niagara-on-the-Lake golf course is being honoured with a national award.

Or rather the group trying to restore Fort Mississauga are getting the accolades.

The Fort Mississauga Tower Stabilization Project was given a 2021 Conservation Engineering award by the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals this week.

The large shoe-box-shaped tower was built on what was long Indigenous land, originally used three different First Nations: the Neutral Nation in the 15th Century, the Seneca Nation in the late 17th Century and finally the Mississauga in the 18th century.

The tower was built after the Americans ransacked nearby Fort George and was meant to be a defensive counterpoint to their Fort Niagara.

Fort Mississauga was built by both British soldiers and black militia fighting for the north, though it’s been long-disputed what their relationship was at the time.

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