YOUNGSTOWN – Old Fort Niagara and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will present programs Saturday and Sunday, marking the 250th anniversary of two skirmishes that occurred at Devil’s Hole on Sept. 14, 1763.
First, Seneca warriors ambushed a British wagon train headed north along the Niagara Gorge. When British troops rushed to the convoy’s aid, they, too, were ambushed.
Saturday at Devil’s Hole State Park, re-enactors will establish a period camp. Musket firings over the gorge and living history programs will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. At 1 and 3 p.m., a walking tour including characters in period garb will recount the action.
Because of limited parking at Devil’s Hole, visitors should park at the Power Vista and use a free shuttle. Admission to the event is free.
Sunday at Old Fort Niagara, there will be tours focusing on the fort’s role in the 1763 conflict known as Pontiac’s War. Throughout the day, the fort will present musket and artillery firings, activities for children and a 2 p.m. presentation on frontier diplomacy. Sunday’s programs will require the fort’s normal admission fee.