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Surrounded by an imposing palisade, this hard-to-miss landmark is a fun stop for history buffs and families alike. Built in 1758, the fort protected the region back when it was an essential link between the waterways to the Atlantic Ocean and the Great Lakes. Later, this militia outpost became an important base of protection during the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Today it has been almost completely reconstructed, while the attached Willet Center provides an expanded home for other exhibits and artifacts. Guided tours are available, or spend some time exploring the fort on your own.