10th Jan, 2013

Fort Erie History & Interesting Facts

The D. W. Howard Realty real estate sales office proudly presents a brief history of our little corner of Fort Erie/South Niagara paradise:

Fort Erie Ontario, population 30,000, sees the end of the QEW and Highway 3, and features the International Peace Bridge to Buffalo NY, and the International Railway Bridge to Buffalo, 36 kilometers southeast of Niagara Falls.

Originally a military post in 1764 by Captain John Montresor, Fort Erie saw heavy action in the War of 1812 when it was taken by the Americans under General Winfield Scott. In attempting to recapture the fort, British Commander-in-Chief Sir Gordon Drummond lost 1,400 men in 2 attacks. When the Americans retreated later that year they blew up the fort. It was restored in the 1930s by the Niagara Parks Commission and is now staffed in summer by students in period dress.

When the first post office was established in 1801, all mail was dispatched under guard.

As Fort Erie grew, it assimilated communities named Victoria, Victoriaville, Waterloo, International Bridge, Amagari, Bridgeburg, and Little Africa, a black settlement. In 1970, Fort Erie annexed the village of Crystal Beach and Bertie Township.

Related: See History of Niagara Falls

You also might find How Ontario Canada got its Name of interest.

D. W. Howard Realty Ltd. Brokerage helps buyers and sellers achieve their real estate dreams in Fort Erie ON waterfront homes, Crystal Beach homes, Port Colborne Real Estate, and Ridgeway homes. Contact D. W. Howard Realty now for more reasons to consider a move to Fort Erie.

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