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“Fort Henry Sunset Ceremony is a jolly good show” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fort Henry (Fort Henry National Historic Site)

Fort Henry (Fort Henry National Historic Site)
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“Fort Henry Sunset Ceremony is a jolly good show”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2008

We (family of four kids aged 9 and 11) attended the Fort Henry Sunset Ceremony on July 30 (sadly, it is only performed on Wednesday evenings). The first time I saw it was twenty years ago. It was an excellent show then and didn't disappoint this time either. The only criticism I have about the show is that women now seem to be playing the role of mid 19th century British soldiers. I'm sorry, but that is just not historically accurate. British soldiers in the 19th century were universally men. You don't hire female actors (and these soldiers are actors after all) to play men unless they have rather unlady-like features and can fool the observer. This is a federally funded historic site, however, which might explain the political correctness and "equality" gone crazy.

This show is superbly choreographed, expertly narrated, and the dress and decorum of the troops is splendid. You will see a band, engineers, a colour party, an infantry company, and an artillery contingent in both drill demonstrations and a battle re-enactment. It gets quite loud in the parade square. You'll notice immediately upon their entry that the troops wear ear plugs. Much rifle fire and even cannon fire in a confined, sunken, stone parade square is a recipe for ringing ears. I forgot that from my first visit and had to cover my ears at times, making it hard to snap pictures.

The performance ends with the lowering of the flag, the firing of the cannons and mortars on the wall in sequence, and fireworks.

Tip 1: Bring ear plugs to leave your hands free for pictures.
Tip 2: Bring a camera capable of low light shots (it is a sunset ceremony after all and it is quite dark by the end of it).

We didn't tour the fort this time, but have in the past (2 years ago). It is a top notch tourist attraction in its own right and I would highly recommend it. We were there for the show only on this night.

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