Teresa Farrell 2017-04-05 01:51:53
If you’re interested in history, you won’t want to miss a visit to Oswego this summer. The H. Lee White Marine Museum is located on the West First Street Pier in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District. The museum is home to the US Army Tug LT-5, a living testament to World War II history. Inside the museum, a year-round exhibit on the tug includes panels about her history and a diorama of the ship, while outside on the pier, the LT-5 floats peacefully at anchor. While her oceangoing days are over, the LT-5 is a fully operational museum tug and is open to visitors from May to late September. The Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse is located at the end of a breakwall jutting into the harbor outside of the Marine Museum. The lighthouse was built in 1934 and houses an exhibit on lighthouses of the Oswego harbor and displays the fourth-order Fresnel lens. The lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 with the goal of being opened to the public and offering tours once the project is complete. The Oswego Railroad Museum pays tribute to the history of railroads in Oswego County. The Richardson-Bates House Museum is dedicated to local history and is housed in a home built in the late 1860s. The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center commemorates America’s only shelter for Holocaust survivors. The John D. Murray Firefighter’s Museum offers a look at vintage fire trucks and other memorabilia. The Children’s Museum of Oswego features child-focused exhibits and activities. Oswego is also home to Fort Ontario, an iconic local landmark that was a part of each of the wars that shaped early America. Originally constructed by British forces in 1755, the fort was burned down, attacked and rebuilt on numerous occasions leading up to and during the French and Indian War and the American Revolution before being surrendered to the American forces. The fort is open to the public for tours. For more information and up-to-date information on events go to www.visitoswegocounty.com. A Civil War reenactor demonstrates musket fire at Fort Ontario. Photo credit: John Farrell.
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