YOUNGSTOWN, NY - The Fourth of July weekend is a big event for one of Western New York's most famous historical sites. Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown spent the weekend holding its 35th annual French and Indian War encampment -- the biggest event of the year for the fort.
Hundreds of re-enactors played out the events during the siege of 1759, leading up to today's surrender of the fort from the French to the British.
That event played a big role in making Western New York what it is today. Had things turned out differently in 1759, we might all be speaking a different language today, have different customs and institutions.
More than 7,000 spectators turned out for the re-enactment over the weekend. There will be another big encampment in the last weekend of August as part of the War of 1812 bicentennial.