Fort Ontario Ghost Tours & Reveal
[6 September 2015] On Friday and Saturday evenings, October 16-17, 2015, the Friends of Fort Ontario and Central New York Ghost Hunters will present the annual Ghost Tours and Reveal event at Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego, New York. Tours are available by advance reservation only: $15.00 tickets may be purchased by calling (315) 343-4711, by visiting the fort’s museum shop Wednesday through Sunday, the Friends tent at Pumpkinfest October 3 and 4, and the Friends table at the Oswego Farmers Market on Thursday, September 24 and October 8.
The guided ghost tours are scheduled in fifteen minute increments from 7 to 10 PM and last 1.5 hours each. Evidence gathered in the buildings and underground casemates will be presented in rooms and areas where it was gathered during the year. Guests are invited to bring their own ghost hunting equipment and seek new data under the guidance of the experts. The tour is not recommended for children under eight years of age. Footwear suitable for uneven ground, clothing appropriate for cold, wet, and windy weather conditions, and flashlights are encouraged. The tours will take place regardless of the weather. Light refreshments will be provided.
Fort Ontario is purported to be one of the most haunted locations in the United States, and was the subject of an episode of the SYFY Channel’s Ghost Hunters show in 2012. Ghost sightings and soundings at the old army post have been reported since the 1800’s. Fort Ontario’s most famous purported ghosts are Corporal George Fykes, a member of the King’s Royal Regiment of New York, who died during a fever epidemic in 1782, and Lieutenant Basil “Bassy” Dunbar of the 60th Regiment of Foot, who was mortally wounded in a duel with Lt. Peter Penier of the same regiment in 1759.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego. The fort is open to the public Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM, and Sunday from noon to 4:30 PM; it will close for the season after the Columbus Day Monday holiday, October 12.