Since we haven’t won the lottery to be able to tour the world, the most amazing man in the world (aka hubby) and I tour our city, and its surroundings. Which is fine. Because Kingston, Ontario is a remarkable area. One of our recent travels took us to our city’s highest point of land: Point Henry.
On this elevated stretch of land you’ll find Fort Henry, a major attraction in the city, which was originally built during the war of 1812 to protect the Kingston Royal Naval Dockyard from a possible attack from the United States.
We did not tour Fort Henry this time around because it’s quite large, and since we didn’t intend to stay long, we decided to return for a more thorough visit in the future. Today’s photos are taken around the grounds outside of the Fort. The image below is of the East Branch Tower that was constructed between 1845 and 1848.
This tower was built to defend the ditch and the surrounding waters. It was designed to mount a single 24-pounder cannon on the top platform. After 1863, it was used as family housing for fort enlisted men.
We did walk up higher to take a closer look.
The tower is massive, extraordinary, and beautifully preserved.
It’s difficult to fathom that we ever had conflict with our neighbours to the south.
The East Branch Tower faces Cedar Island where you’ll find the Cathcart Tower, which was built in 1848.
This limestone tower is surrounded by a shallow ditch and by a glacis extending to the shorelines on three sides.
Cathcart Tower’s guns covered the eastern approaches of Kingston Harbour.
On the other side, you’ll find the West Branch Tower, which was also designed to mount a single 24-pounder cannon on the top platform, and was used as family barracks after 1863.
Right across is downtown Kingston...
...and that’s where we headed after this tour...to have ice cream. Because every day is a good day for ice cream.
I hope you enjoyed a quick glimpse of one of my beautiful city’s historical sites. There’ll be more in the future.