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Fort Henry

Identification

Fort Henry
Old Fort Henry
211260

Structure in General

castle
existing [completed]

Usages

governmental office

Facts

  • Situated atop Point Henry, the Fort protected the naval dockyard at Point Frederick, the entrance of the Rideau Canal, the town of Kingston and the supply routes between Montreal or Ottawa and all points west.
  • The British Army garrisoned Fort Henry until 1870 when Queen Victoria's troops were pulled out of Canada. Soon after, "A" Battery, School of Gunnery, followed by "B" Battery, took up residence in the Fort and remained there until 1891.
  • The Fort was opened as a museum and historic site "in the name of all British soldiers who served there" by Prime Minister Mackenzie King in August 1938.
  • The original Fort Henry was built during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). Between 1832 and 1837, a second fort was built on the site of the first, and it is this fort that stands today.

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Location

County Road 2
Kingston
Ontario
Canada

Technical Data

3
1
1832
1837
1938

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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