Posted by: Cornwall Community Museum | June 9, 2017

Fort Augustus Cornwall aka Windmill Fort Cornwall.

Cornwall’s Windmill Fort, photograph for the Toronto “Globe,” 1893.

Originally a windmill, located in Cornwall’s east end, it was converted into a Martello Tower and armed with a small cannon in 1838.

A daybook from the fort names it Fort Augustus.

The history of the Fort and local militia is provided in this booklet by historian Stuart Manson, at the museum for $5.






Watercolour of Fort Augustus by Earl Poole.

The fort was a favourite subject for Cornwall artists.





This World War II era photograph shows the Fort on a float in a parade. (probably a War Savings Bond Parade.)



The Fort was donated to Cornwall Township to be maintained as a public park in 1929.  Unfortunately it was allowed to fall into a state of disrepair and it was demolished in 1944.

This photograph shows it during its last years.

The history of the Fort, plus that of the Capitol Theatre, the Cline House, Chesley’s Inn, the Cornwall Canal, the Canada Cotton Mill and other local landmarks are outlined in this publication by the Cornwall Local Architectural Advisory Committee aka Heritage Cornwall.

The museum has one copy of this invaluable resource available in or used book room for only $5.

Fort Augustus / the Windmill Fort was located in the former Cornwall Township neighbourhood of Riverview. Click on this LINK for more photos and information on the fort as well as other places within historic Riverview.

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