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Historic Sites and Museums
This most peaceful of borders was not always calm. Battles in the War of 1812 were fought in the region and post-war tensions led to the construction of additional fortifications. Today, you can experience the world of 19th century soldiers at beautifully preserved and restored military heritage sites, including Fort Henry in Kingston, Fort Wellington in Prescott and Sackets Harbor Battlefield.

The homes of some the region’s most famous residents welcome visitors to the past. Visit the home of Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald at Bellevue House in Kingston. Taste the lifestyle of 19th century millionaire Senator George Fulford at Fulford Place in Brockville. See the grandest of all gilded age island estates, Boldt Castle on Heart Island, and learn the tragic love story of hotel magnate George Boldt’s unfinished mansion.

Step back in time at the wonderful museums that have preserved communities’ histories. Some are small collections of local treasures, others offer extraordinary historical exhibits. Live a day among the sights and sounds of the 1860’s at Upper Canada Village. Wander through Jefferson County’s history at Paddock Mansion in Watertown. Explore the Islands’ history at Gananoque’s Arthur Child Heritage Centre.

Discover the 1000 Islands maritime heritage. Tour the continent’s largest collection of freshwater recreation boats at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton. Climb aboard the museum ship Alexander Henry when you visit the Maritime Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston.

Looking for something really unique? How about the history of correctional science in Kingston. Maybe an exhibit of antique farm equipment in Lafargeville. Or, a huge collection of woodworking planes at the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum. The 1000 Islands region is home to an amazing array of specialty museums that are well worth a visit.