Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites
From June 1 to September 5, 2023
Spot and join our costumed interpreters throughout the site to learn about life at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse. Will they task you with traditional chores? Will they test your fitness level for military recruitment? Will they invite you to an ice-cream social time at the Canteen? Immerse yourself in everyday duties of a time gone by.
Programs take place in areas that can accommodate strollers, wheelchairs, and other mobility devices. Should you have any concerns about accessibility while attending one of these presentations, please let our staff know and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.
NOTE: Program schedule may change due to inclement weather or operational needs.
At Fisgard Lighthouse - 10:30 am to 12 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
Lend the lighthouse keeper a helping hand with their daily chores! Drop by Fisgard Lighthouse and try your hand at washing laundry or help make candles for the foggy days ahead, as they would have in the 1860’s.
At the Canteen - 1 pm to 3:30 pm
Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday
You’re off-duty! Learn more about the social lives of soldiers and treat yourself to a scoop of locally crafted ice cream at the Canteen.
At Upper Battery – 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Monday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Scrub in and save lives! Help a Canadian ‘Bluebird’ nurse with her patients and their mysterious illnesses, using WWI medical tools and equipment.
By the WWII Hut – 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
In this hands-on experience, you’ll be invited to think like a curator and use your investigative skills to examine objects from Fort Rodd Hill’s artifact collection. What clues will you uncover that tell you about the object or who might have used it in the past?
The staff at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS are passionate about sharing their knowledge and love for this unforgettable place. From historic military drills to culinary curiosities and meeting new allies, these pop-up programs appeal to visitors of all ages. Take a look at the descriptions below to get an idea of what you may experience during your visit!
Picky eaters beware! A soldier needs to eat, but in the WWI trenches, options were limited and cooks often challenged to get creative. Could you survive on just boiled beef, hardtack, and canned veggies?
There is an abundance of beautiful ocean life on the beaches and tide pools near Fisgard Lighthouse! Patrol the water’s edge to meet its inhabitants and learn to become their ally.
Creatures great and small can be identified by their skull. Get up close and personal as shape, density and found location of local species skulls reveal their true story and how the environment was key to their health.
Do you have an eye for fashion and history! Military uniforms evolved over that past centuries and those worn at Fort Rodd Hill followed the base’s needs and trends. 1880s Royal Artillery blue or WWII khaki, we’ll show you all their special features.
To the rescue! Super Ollie is a guardian of the kelp forests, but he’ll need your help to protect them. Can you spot a sea otter? Why are Bull Kelp so important to them? We’ll tell you and show you the ropes.
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