La Compagnie franche is returning to Founder's Day Weekend in Ogdensburg.

Muskets crash, cannon roar in Ogdensburg

The Fort La Présentation Association in Ogdensburg, New York commemorates our 18th-century history at Founder’s Day Weekend, July 18-19.

The French and Indian War encampment and colonial trade fair on Lighthouse Point attracts military re-enactors from Canada and the US. They portray English and French soldiers and sailors, and Native warriors, and stage battles on land and water.

Along with the crack of muskets and the roar of artillery, you can witness the trades of the time -- the blacksmith, tinsmith, potter, baker and more.

There are drills and musters just for the kids.

The music of the fife and drum, and the traditional tunes of a colonial balladeer, is just a part of the colourful mix. On Saturday afternoon you can learn the steps of English country dance. That evening at 9 P.M. a free ball is open to everyone at the nearby Freighthouse Restaurant.

Saturday evening the guns of Fort Wellington in Prescott, Ontario on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River will duel with the re-enactors’ artillery on Lighthouse Point.

There is something for everyone at Ogdensburg’s Founder’s Day Weekend, July 18-19.

Information online a www.fortlapresentation.net. Email fortlapresentation@ymail.com.

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