Fort Wellington National Historic Site of Canada

Exhibit Themes

Central theme
Central Theme: Fort Wellington was the Guardian of the St. Lawrence
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Fort Wellington was the Guardian of the St. Lawrence

  • River defence in the War of 1812 is the reason Fort Wellington was built
  • The river was the main transportation and communication route for goods, people, arms, supplies, and equipment.

Four Main Messages

  • Why a War?
  • Sense of Danger
  • Protection
  • Sense of Community
    • War’s Impact

Prescott was a strategic location and was protected by a gunboat port

The war touched and shaped the lives of three distinct communities:

  • First Nations
  • Canadians
  • Americans