Site Tour - All Grades
Interpreters in period costumes will lead students on a tour of our buildings including our world class museum, soldiers’ barracks, cookhouse, and a musket firing demonstration! Students will learn about the strategic importance of the Detroit River Frontier and the social history of the soldiers and their families, officers, tradesmen, native warriors, and pioneers who protected and served this frontier for over 50 years.
War of 1812*
Step back in time to the War of 1812. Tour the ditches and defences of the fort and explore the museum and 1812 artifacts. Tour the soldier's barracks and discuss the lifestyles of soldiers and their families. Dress in redcoats, learn the soldier's drill, and watch a musket firing demonstration.
*This program can be combined with the War of 1812 game program.
1.5-hour tour, offered year-round
War of 1812 Game*Learn about important events that took place in Essex County and the Detroit frontier during the War of 1812! Students will form groups or “War Councils” to listen to scenarios and debate the best course of action to ensure victory!
*This program can be combined with either the guided tour or the War of 1812 program.
1.5-hour program, offered year-round
The Battle of Lake ErieStudents will learn about the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 and the consequences for Fort Malden and Essex County in this program that combines history with physical activity. After learning about the battle, students will join teams (British and U.S. Fleets) to re-enact the battle and play a unique version of ‘Capture the Flag’ on the Parade Square.
1.5-hour program, offered only in May and June
Call out the Militia!The Americans have invaded; the War of 1812 has begun and Fort Malden needs you! Join the 1st Essex Militia for the day. Students will be issued redcoats and muskets and learn the foot and arms drills just like the local, loyal citizens did in 1812. Students will also learn about the militia's role in the major battles along the Detroit frontier and will participate in activities such as period cooking, blacksmithing, and a scavenger hunt as they prepare to protect Essex County and Amherstburg.
4-hour program, offered only in May and June
Barracks DinnerStudents will prepare a meal of beef stew, bread, and butter in an authentic soldier's cookhouse using 19th century cooking techniques and then eat the stew in our barracks for lunch. Also included is a tour of the fortifications and exhibits.
Overnight ProgramStudents will prepare a meal of beef stew, bread, and butter in an authentic soldier's cookhouse using 19th century cooking techniques and then eat the dinner in our barracks. The evening will be filled with a visit to the archaeological remains and remnants of the fort, a candlelight tour through the ditches and defences, a museum scavenger hunt, dressing in British soldier uniforms, and learning drills and manoeuvres as the soldiers did in the 1830s. Students will sleep in our restored original 1819 soldiers’ barracks. The program runs from 7:30pm to 10am the next day.
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