Old Fort Niagara Draw Well - Youngstown, New-York
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
N 43° 15.802 W 079° 03.801
17T E 657179 N 4791882
Quick Description: A draw well was dug inside Fort Niagara most likely when the second fort was built by the French under the supervision of Gaspard Joseph Chaussegros de Lery between 1726 and 1727.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 4/24/2022 12:00:44 PM
Waymark Code: WM1632P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Torgut
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Long Description:
"The “French Castle” (also known as House of Peace) at Fort Niagara was designed by the French engineer Gaspard-Joseph Chaussegros de Lery. The design of the French Castle was presented to the local Indian tribes as a place where furs and goods could be traded in peace. The true intentions of the French Castle were more pessimistic than that, the French designed it so that if the Indians ever attacked it would be impenetrable as the French had everything they needed inside to survive. They had a well within the walls, as well as living areas, and storage rooms. Also the way the second floor and the windows were designed, it made it easy for the occupying force inside to shoot down onto anyone outside trying to get into the building."

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The well, built of field stones is located inside the fort. There is a metal grate over the well for security reasons. The hole dug under the stone ring is still visible but appears quite dark on photos.
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