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Fort George National Historic Site

Witness the blast of a musket demonstration or dress in uniform, load and fire one yourself

1812 British soldiers firing muskets
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A line of British soldiers stands at attention as their Sergeant at Fort George explains the intricacies of the powerful Brown Bess musket used in the War of 1812. On command, the soldiers handle cartridges of black powder from their cartouches and ram down the round to the breach of the barrel with ramrods. Raising their weapons in unison, they fire with a flash of flames and a deafening blast, the air filling with clouds of black powder. While the demonstration is heart-stopping to witness, it’s an even more exhilarating experience to get your Hands on History - buttoning into a redcoat, slipping on a tall military hat,and loading and firing a musket yourself, feeling the recoil punch into your shoulder and the bang at your ear – for that moment you’re a soldier from two centuries ago and you’ll have the picture to prove it!

Experience Date

Musket demonstrations at Fort George are offered year-round. Hands on History is available every weekend throughout June at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m., and regularly throughout the week in July and August.

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