Thursday, May 23, 2013

Playing Tourist In Our Own City

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.

34 comments:

  1. Fascinating! So much history there -- you really needn't go far. Looks like it was a beautiful day too :)

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    1. Yes, we certainly don't need to go far to enjoy experiences such as this one. There are so many beautiful things to see, and so many fun things to do close to home.

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  2. This was a fun read and I love the photos... 4th from the bottom is my favorite, makes me feel like I was there w/ you!

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  3. What a great day you must have had, a fascinating place.

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    1. It was a fantastic day. It always is when we're out playing tourist.

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  4. Sure is a beautiful place! You know, Martha, it always surprises me to learn how far they moved around back in 1812. You and I both know how far it is from Kingston to Niagara but the armies marched back and forth in those days like it was a Sunday picnic!

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    1. I know! It's absolutely incredible that they did that. It is a considerable distance between the two areas.

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  5. I think you and the Mr. would have fun anywhere! I love your city.

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    1. Yes, we certainly would have fun anywhere! We always have a great time together.

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  6. Wonderful! I look forward to your future photos about Fort Henry.

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    1. I hope to visit there soon. It's an amazing place.

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  7. You sure had a beautiful day for it, Martha. Thanks for showing us a bit of your city.

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    1. It was a fantastic day, and we had a great time.

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  8. Love the historical glimpse of Kingston. The tower has an unusual look about it....round like a beehive almost. Probably a reason!

    Thanks and now it's time for ice cream!

    Ron

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    1. Kingston is an old city, and there are so many things to explore. It's probably a lot like where you live.

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  9. Kingston, Ontario is really a remarkable area... No doubt ...and you are a best quide...

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    1. Thank you, Viera. Yes, Kingston is a very remarkable place.

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  10. What a pretty place you live in, and gorgeous day!

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  11. Those towers are really cool and ice cream sounds great! Thanks for the idea of playing tourist where I live!

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    1. Playing tourist in your own area is always fun.

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  12. For some reason I didn't think Kingston was around so much water. This was a great tour Martha of your city. Those towers are unusual looking but probably the norm in those days.
    Love the view of the downtown.

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    1. We are right near Lake Ontario and in the Thousand Islands region. Oh yes, there is oodles of water around here!

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  13. wow Martha, what an amazing place you visited. I love that you and hubby spend so many special moments together...

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    1. We have a great time together no matter where we go. We love being out and about.

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  14. You would LOVE my home town, Newcastle, NSW, Australia - your pictures could have been taken here. How blessed are we, huh ?

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    1. I'm sure I'd love it! Australia is on my top ten list of places I'd love to visit. Yes, we are blessed!

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  15. Impressive photos Martha, I love all the water you have in the area and the buildings are amazing. Some day it might be warm enough here for us to eat an ice cream cone too!

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    1. I hope you get your warm weather soon! Our temperature has cooled off considerably, as well. I'm hoping this coming week is better.

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