The Fenian Raids of 1866 were conceived by a faction of the Fenian Brotherhood, organized in America to fight for the independence of Ireland from Britain. Many of the men were Irish-Americans who had fought in the Civil War.
In June of 1866, Fenians crossed the Niagara River at Buffalo and invaded Canada as the first of a planned series of attacks on the British Empire. Though their success was short-lived, the long-term effects were of monumental importance for both Canada and Ireland.
Museum admission, including six historic museum buildings and the outdoor living history activities, is $7.00 for adults and $2.00 for age 5-17, under 5 free. Museum hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday; Noon to 5 on Sunday.
The Old Stone Fort is located at 145 Fort Road, Schoharie, NY 12157, off NYS Rt. 30, 3 miles south of I-88 Exit 23. For further information call 518-295-7192, visit theOldStoneFort.org or facebook.com/oldstonefort.
Photo of Fenian Raid reenactors at the Old Stone Fort Museum History Fair in 2014 provided.