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July 5–7

French and Indian War Encampment

 

Photo by Kim Miers

 

Expect hundreds of authentically clad French, British, and Native American participants at the Fort’s largest reenactment of the year. This event relives the historic siege of Fort Niagara in 1759,  and includes a grand parade, a French and Indian attack on a frontier settlement, a British assault on Fort Niagara’s outer walls, a French counterattack, and, finally, the fort’s capture by the British. There is much more, including a Native American lacrosse game, artillery demonstrations, military music, and period vendors.

 

The French and Indian War was fought between 1754 and 1760, two decades before the American Revolution. Under the terms of the treaty that ended the war, Britain took control of Canada and the Great Lakes region. The war’s cost led to new taxes on the king’s American subjects that spawned political unrest in the thirteen colonies and led to the War for American Independence. Visit the OFN website for a complete schedule of the weekend.

 

9 a.m.–7  p.m. at Old Fort Niagara (102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown)

oldfortniagara.org, 745-7611

 


 

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July 1–31

Explore Buffalo tours

Explore Buffalo’s repeating tours in July include American Masters, Art of the Subway, Best of Buffalo, Buffalo Bungalows, Columbus Parkway, City of Lights Bus Tour, Concrete Central Kayak, Cottage District, Delaware Avenue Midway, Downtown Deco, Downtown Mob Tour, Elevator Alley Kayak, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fontana Boathouse, Friday Fireworks Kayak, Hamlin Park, Hertel Avenue History, Hidden Gems of the Delaware District, Inside Delaware Mansions, Landmarks of Delaware Avenue, Leading Ladies: Downtown Women, Lincoln Parkway, Main Street: Old Meets New, Old First Ward, Presidents of Buffalo, Prohibition Cruise, Scandalous Buffalo, South Buffalo by Bike, Turn of the Century Treasures, Waterfront Views by Bike, and West Side Mob Tour. There are also special tours featuring Hamburg and Clarence. Visit explorebuffalo.org for dates, times, and tickets.

Explorebuffalo.org, 245-3032

 

July 1–31

City Hall and Guaranty Building

Preservation Buffalo holds regular tours of these structures, with City Hall tours Monday–Friday at noon and Guaranty on Saturdays and Sundays. The Guaranty tours require preregistration; City Hall tours are free and start in the lobby.

Preservationbuffaloniagara.org, 852-3300

 

July 1–31

Queen City Downtown

Preservation Buffalo holds regular tours of downtown landmarks Fridays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Tours meet in the Market Arcade lobby, 617 Main Street.

Preservationbuffaloniagara.org, 852-3300

 

July 1–31

Martin House tours

One-hour, two-hour, twilight, photography, and All Wright All Day tours, which include all of Buffalo’s FLW properties, are offered. Some are less frequent than others. Check the website; reservations are always necessary.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House

(125 Jewett Parkway)

Martinhouse.org, 877-377-3858

 

July 1–31

Best of Buffalo

Beginning with a walking tour of the Naval Park, this tour boards a double decker bus to further explore Buffalo history and architecture.

Departs at 6 p.m. from the Naval Park

buffalodoubledeckerbus.com, 246-9080 

 

July 1–31

Old and New Buffalo

This bus tour features historic architect Louise Bethune explaining the past and future glories of Buffalo. Visit the website to check which days it is offered.

Departs at 6 p.m. from the Naval Park

buffalodoubledeckerbus.com, 246-9080 

 

July 2

Pan-Am walking tour

This guided overview of the historic fairgrounds includes a map.

1–2:30 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum

(One Museum Court)

buffalohistory.org, 873 9644

 

July 5–7

French and Indian War Encampment

See hundreds of reenactors act out the historic siege of 1759. Expect plenty of artillery firings, cooking demonstrations, music, period merchants and artisans, and much more. This is the biggest events of the year at the Fort.

9 a.m.–7 p.m., at Old Fort Niagara

(102 Morrow Plaza, Youngstown)

oldfortniagara.org, 745-7611

 

July 6, 13, 20, 27

Open-Air Autobus Tours: The Buffalo Whirlwind

Organized by the Campaign for Buffalo, this tour is a packed ninety-minute drive covering Buffalo’s greatest architects and key historic moments, narrated by passionate and knowledgeable guides.

openairbuffalo.org, 854-3749

 

July 6–31

Richardson Olmsted Campus tours

Three tour types are available: short welcome tours, in-depth tours, and patient life tours. These are amazing opportunities to gain access to areas visitors never see, especially on the in-depth tours. Check the website for more information, days, times, and requirements. Preregistration is always required.

Richardson Olmsted Campus

(444 Forest Avenue)

richardson-olmsted.com

 

July 7, 14, 21, 28

Open-Air Autobus Tours: The Grand Tour

This three-hour tour covers major historic districts like Parkside, Linwood, the Old First Ward, and much more with narrations and is led by Tim Tielman, executive director of Campaign for Buffalo.

openairbuffalo.org, 854-3749

 

July 12

Fridays on Forest

This tour includes both the History Museum’s Resource Center and the Richardson Olmsted Campus. Register with the Richardson Olmsted Campus link.

5:30–7:30 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum Resource Center

(459 Forest Avenue)

Richardson-olmsted.com, 873 9644

 

July 13

Pan-Am Trolley Tour with Forest Lawn

This tour includes Forest Lawn, the History Museum’s Resource Center, Lafayette Hotel, and the Pan-American Brewery. Register with the Forest Lawn link.

10 a.m.–3 p.m. at The Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center

(1990 Main Street)

forest-lawn.com, 332-2233

 

July 13, 27

Hull Family Home and Farmstead Open

Explore 200 years of Western New history at this restored historic site, including the original stone dwelling.

10 a.m.–4 p.m. at Hull Family Home

(5976 Genesee Street, Lancaster)

Hullfamilyhome.com, 741-7032

 

July 18

The Unexpected Inauguration bus tour

The Theodore Roosevelt Site partners with Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tours to retrace the momentous eight days after President McKinley was shot, leading to the swearing-in of Theodore Roosevelt. The route includes North Buffalo, the Elmwood Village, and downtown, as riders are told of the events. Reservations are required.

5:30–8 p.m., starting at the TR Site

(641 Delaware Avenue)

trsite.org, 884-0095

 

July 19

M&T Third Fridays

Enjoy free admission and special programs—including children’s activities and artifact discovery—at the Buffalo History Museum and Resource Center.

10 a.m.–5 p.m. at The Buffalo History Museum and Resource Center

(One Museum Court and 459 Forest Avenue)

buffalohistory.org, 873-9644

 

 

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