Photographer's Note

This section of a barracks room is housed in the French Castle. This room was originally home to about 30 French soldiers. Well, at least that's what the brochure stated. The room was not that large and with 30 soldiers it would have been rather cozy.

The photo shows the dining area for the enlisted men housed in that room. It’s quite a contrast from the officer’s dining room in yesterday’s photo, isn’t it? The barracks room is set up to look as it did in 1727. Against the opposite wall is a communal barracks bed (yes, the soldiers all slept together). To get a glimpse of it, take a look the workshop I posted. A communal bed like that conserved body heat and probably kept the boys warm during the bitter cold winter months at the fort.

Notice the drum in the center of the photo. The French also used drummers to signal to the troops in the field.

All the exhibits at Fort Niagara were in this same splendid state. All the rooms had that "lived in" look you see here.

Tech: Photoshop Elements fill flash; "tripod" consisted of my elbow propped up on a railing.

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Additional Photos by Linda Richters (richtersl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 992 W: 583 N: 849] (3546)
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