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Married Quarters


Fort Henry Married Quarters Husband and WifeThis room represents the married quarters for the soldiers. Each family had one-fourth of a barracks room; the two beds were occupied by the parents, and the children slept on the floor. The curtains could be drawn at night for privacy. The married quarters, like the bachelors' quarters, were inspected daily.

Soldiers' wives would take on work for the Army, such as doing the laundry, cleaning the women's privies, and repairing shirts and uniforms in exchange for money. Should her husband die or desert, a woman had the option of returning to Britain (passage was paid by the Army) or remarrying. Most chose to remarry. There were few state provisions or private charities for widows with children, but there was no shortage of eligible men willing to support a family.

Fort Henry

1 Fort Henry Drive
Kingston, ON, K7K 5G8

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