🐐 David has arrived! One of the most important members of the #FortHenry Guard is David, the mascot. A white Saanen goat, he was presented to the Fort by the St. David's Society of Toronto, to commemorate the services of the Royal Welch Fusiliers (formerly the 23rd Regiment of Foot), in garrison at Fort Henry 1842-43. As the authorized regimental mascot of the "Royal Welch" is a goat, we have one too. The first being received in 1953.
Our current David is the twelfth goat in service at Fort Henry National Historic Site featured here with Goat Major Lance Corporal Ferguson, and is referred to as “David XII”. When not at the Fort, he returns to a farm where he stays with his herd.
Started in 2017, David now has a companion to keep him company during his stay. Her name is Henrietta featured here with Lance Corporal Clark.
Today marks National Indigenous Peoples Day! This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of Aboriginal peoples
The #FortHenry Guard Regimental Colour bears the name of the 34 British and 28 Canadian regiments that garrisoned Kingston and Fort Henry during its years of active service from 1812 to 1943. One of these scrolls bears the honour of the Tyendinaga Mohawks, in commemoration of their service as volunteers for the Crown during the Rebellion of 1837.
At that time, the threat of a rebel attack prompted the commandant of the garrison of Kingston, Sir Richard Bonnycastle, to call out all loyal militia forces in the area. At this critical time, ninety warriors from Tyendinaga volunteered their services to defend the Crown. This strong show of force was instrumental in warding off any potential attack on the city.
In commemoration of this traditional demonstration of loyalty, the Fort Henry Guard bears on its Regimental Colour a scroll inscribed “the Mohawks of Tyendinaga."
Happy #FridayFollower! Did you know the #FortHenry Guard is compromised of a highly disciplined group of university student recruits trained as British soldiers from 1867? 👏
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Happy Monday! Did you know you can take a trolley tour around Kingston and stop at #FortHenry along with other great tourist attractions? 🚌 Departs every 30 minutes from Downtown Kingston!
📸: Kingston Trolley Tours
Did you know #FortHenry has historic wood fire ovens? Our Baker serves up delicious savoury and sweet baked goods, from cinnamon buns, bread, cookies to soft pretzels all freshly made! 😋🍞🍪 Stop by the Garrison Store to indulge! #FridayFeature
The weekend is almost here and the weather calls for sunshine! ☀️ Don't miss out on seeing cannons fired, musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the amazing #FortHenry Guard! 💥
⏰: Open daily from 9:45am-5pm
Join us every Wednesday evening through July and August this summer for our World Heritage Sunset Ceremony! Witness exhilarating performances by the Fort Henry Guard performing precision drill movements, military music, and artillery firings, concluding with spectacular fireworks! 💥😍🎇