The public is invited to a free event from 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday, October 26 celebrating the Battle of Ridgeway, at the Battle of Ridgeway Park, 3388 Garrison Road, Ridgeway.
Back in 1866, all eyes were on Ridgeway and Fort Erie Museum Services brings a new look to the Battle of Ridgeway through an dynamic exhibit located right on the battlefield. This exhibit traces the origin of the conflict to its result – the creation of Canada.
Visitors to the battlefield will gain insight into what happened and appreciate the sacrifices made here almost 150 years ago.
To mark this occasion the museum is hosting a free, special event on October 26 from 2-4 p.m. at the battlefield Activities for all ages will provide a hands-on look at 1866. A working telegraph will demonstrate
the power of instant messaging. Participants can try their hand at being a
war artist, like Alexander Von Erichsen who followed the Fenians and painted the invasion. Many of his watercolour images from the museum collection are included in the exhibit. Members of the Queen’s Own
Rifles and the Welland Field Artillery will be on site.
Museum Administrator Jane Davies acknowledged that this exhibit was made possible through the generous support of the Bertie Historical Society,Farm Credit Canada, donations in memory of Victor Miller, Fort Erie Bingo, and the Capern family. Davies noted that the national spotlight will be focused on Ridgeway with the 150th anniversary of confederation fast approaching. The events on this battleground played an important role in the formation of our country.
Local visitors to the park have enjoyed seeing the exhibit installed over the month of September. Museum Board Chair Charlie Capern said “This should help people to realize what this park is actually about
and we will be all be that much richer for understanding our local heritage.”
There will be a souvenir shop associated with this event along with the sights and sounds of 1866.
Bring your camera and capture all the action. Public parking will be available at All Nations Church at 3397 Garrison Road across from the battlefield.
*for further information from the Greater Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce visit www.FortErieChamber.com