1812 On the Niagara Frontier - Resources

 

 

New York

Name: Old Fort Niagara
Location: Youngstown, N.Y.
Website: http://oldfortniagara.org/
Contact: P) 716-745-7611
Description:
Today, Fort Niagara presents the long history of the fort to the public, focusing mainly on the period from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Fort Niagara features historical interpreters dressed in period clothing, a working blacksmith shop, cannon and musket demonstrations, a flag raising ceremony and interactive exhibits.

Name: Sackets Harbor
Location: Sackets Harbor, N.Y.
Website: http://www.sacketsharborbattlefield.org/ 
Contact: P) 315-646-3634 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Description:
Visitors to the battlefield can take a self-guided tour of the restored Navy Yard and Commandant’s House. They can also walk a mile-long history trail that interprets the dramatic history of the site through signs and exhibits. Of particular note are the Memorial Tree Grove and Centennial Monument, which pay tribute to the soldiers and sailors who served during the War of 1812.

Name: Fort Ontario
Location: Oswego, N.Y.
Website: http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/20/details.aspx 
Contact: P) 315-343-4711
Description:
Fort Ontario was an important strategic location during the War of 1812. However, all of the buildings here today have been restored to their Civil War era appearance. Some of the fortifications and walls are over 200-years-old. Visitors can tour several historic buildings including barracks, officer’s quarters, storehouse and powder magazine.

Name: Ogdensburg Battlefield
Location: Ogdensburg, N.Y.
Website: N/A
Contact: N/A
Description:
A walking tour through Ogdensburg provides an overview of the battle. Signs and plaques along the walk provide insight into the battle and the events surrounding it.

Name: War of 1812 Cemetery
Location: Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Website: http://www.cheektowagahistory.com/page5.php 
Contact: P) 716-684-6544 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Description:
During the War of 1812, the site was used as a burial ground for a nearby military hospital. A cannon has been placed on the grounds and American, Canadian and British flags pay tribute to the soldiers who died during the war.

Name: Battle of Plattsburgh
Location: Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Website: http://www.battleofplattsburgh.org/index.html 
Contact: P) 518-566-1814
Description:
The town of Plattsburgh has changed greatly since the battle in 1814. Today, the Battle of Plattsburgh Interpretive Center recounts the battle with a large, interactive diorama, scale models of American ships and paintings that depict the fighting. Near the Plattsburgh City Hall is the 153 foot limestone Macdonough Victory Monument that celebrates Lieutenant Thomas Macdonough’s victory over the British fleet on Lake Champlain.

Name: Castle Clinton and Fort Wood
Location: New York City, N.Y.
Website: http://www.nps.gov/cacl/index.htm 
Contact: P) 212-344-7220 
Description:
Castle Clinton and Fort Wood were constructed to protect New York City and its port from British attack during the War of 1812. Today, both are part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument. Castle Clinton was restored in the 1940s and serves as the monument’s ticket office and Fort Wood is now the base for the Statue of Liberty itself.

Name: Great Lakes Seaway Trail
Location: New York and Pennsylvania
Website: http://www.seawaytrail.com/ 
Contact: P) 315-646-1000 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Description:
The Seaway Trail is a 518-mile scenic driving route through New York and Pennsylvania. Many important events of the War of 1812 occurred along the trial, including the Battle of Lake Erie, the Battle of Queenston Heights and many others. The trail is a great way to see many of the important 1812 sites in Pennsylvania and New York.

Pennsylvania

Name: The Erie Maritime Museum
Location: Erie, Pa.
Website: http://www.eriemaritimemuseum.org/
Contact: P) 814-452-2744 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Description:
The Erie Maritime museum showcases the history of Lake Erie from the War of 1812 through modern times. The museum focuses on the War of 1812 and displays artifacts from the period.  The centerpiece of the museum is the reconstructed Flagship Niagara.

Name: Perry Monument
Location: Erie, Pa.
Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/presqueisle/index.htm 
Contact: N/A
Description: 
Situated in Presque Isle State Park, the monument stands 101 feet tall and is dedicated to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and his victory during the battle of Lake Erie.

Ontario

Name: Fort St. Joseph
Location: St. Joseph Island, Ontario
Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/stjoseph/index.aspx 
Contact: P) 705-246-2664 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Description:
Visitors to the fort can tour the ruins of Fort St. Joseph and learn about one of the first major victories won against American forces during the War of 1812. The fort also offers a candlelight ghost walk in the summer.

Name: Fort Malden
Location: Amherstburg, Ontario
Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/malden/index.aspx 
Contact: P) 519-736-5416 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Description:
Fort Malden offers visitors an interpretive center with displays focusing on the War of 1812. The site also includes restored buildings and earthworks and historical interpreters dressed in period attire to guide visitors through the fort and help them understand the life of a soldier in the 1800s.

Name: Tecumseh Monument
Location: Thamesville, Ontario
Website: http://www.tecumsehmonument.ca 
Contact: E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Description:
A stone monument and bronze plaque stand near where Tecumseh made his last stand near Thamesville, Ontario. There are currently plans to renovate the park into an open-air museum but construction has not yet begun.

Name: Queenston Heights Battlefield
Location: Queenston, Ontario
Website: http://www.friendsoffortgeorge.ca/bm.htm
Contact: P) 905-468-6621 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Description:
Visitors to the site can take a self-guided walking tour of the battlefield or a guided tour with an interpreter dressed in period attire. The tour highlights some of the key locations of the battle and allows visitors to experience ebb and flow of the fighting. The site also includes Brock’s Monument, which is dedicated to British General Sir Isaac Brock. Visitors can climb to the top of the monument for a bird’s-eye view of the battlefield.

Name: Laura Secord Homestead
Location: Queenston, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagaraparks.com/heritage-trail/laura-secord-homestead.html 
Contact: P) 1-877-642-7275 ext. 2
Description: 
Not far from the Queenston Heights battlefield is the Laura Secord Homestead. The homestead is the actual house lived in by Laura and her family and presents the civilian side of the War of 1812.

Name: Fort George
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/on/fortgeorge/index.aspx
Contact: P) 905-468-6614 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Description: 
Fort George provides guests with period reenactments and modern museum exhibits. The fort offers guests the opportunity to see a period meal prepared in their fully functioning kitchen, witness gun crews at work during their cannon firings and hear period military music from their fife and drum crops. In addition, one of the Fort George’s blockhouses has been converted into a modern museum that displays artifacts and information from throughout the fort’s history.

Name: Stoney Creek Battlefield
Location: Hamilton, Ontario
Website: http://www.battlefieldhouse.ca/ 
Contact: P) 905-662-8458 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Description:
Today, people can visit the Battlefield House, which was the American headquarters during the battle. The house has been turned into a small but informative museum. The Stoney Creek Battlefield Monument commemorates the battle and the Stone Lion Monument, which marks the burial place of British, Canadian and American soldiers who died in the fighting.

Name: Beaver Dams Battlefield
Location: Thorold, Ontario
Website: N/A
Contact: N/A
Description:
A cairn-style monument and plaque sit near where the battle was fought.

Name: Decew House
Location: Thorold, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagaragreenbelt.com/listings/55-historic-sites/195-decew-house.html 
Contact: 416-592-2555
Description:
A fire destroyed much of the Decew house in the 1950s but the stone foundation still stands and a plaque over the fireplace commemorates the meeting between Lieutenant Fitzgibbon and Laura Secord.

Name: Chippawa Battlefield
Location: Niagara Parkway, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagaraparks.com/heritage-trail/chippawa-battlefield-park.html 
Contact: N/A
Description:
Chippawa Battlefield has been maintained in nearly pristine condition so little has changed in the 200 years since the battle was fought. A small monument marks the location of Fort Chippawa and interpretive markers provide some information about the ebb and flow of the battle.

Name: Niagara Falls History Museum
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Website:http://www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca/index.php/museums/niagara-falls-history-museum/ 
Contact: P) 905-358-5082
Description:
Most of where the battle was fought has been swallowed by downtown Niagara Falls. The newly renovated Niagara Falls History Museum presents the history of Niagara Falls up to present day, but the heart of the collection is the War of 1812 gallery. The gallery features artifacts discovered in Niagara Falls and on the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield. 

Name: Drummond Hill Cemetery
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagarafalls.ca/city-hall/municipal-works/cemetery/locations-and-histories/drummond-hill.aspx
Contact: N/A
Description:
Just a few blocks from the Niagara Falls History Museum is Drummond Hill Cemetery. The cemetery was the location of the British cannons during the Battle of Lundy’s Lane and was the scene of some of the most intense fighting of the battle. There is a monument to the battle itself as well as monuments to the British and American troops who died during the fighting.

Name: Fort Erie
Location: Fort Erie, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagaraparks.com/old-fort-erie/
Contact: P) 1-877-642-7275 ext. 2 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Description:
Fort Erie provides visitors with a glimpse of what a prolonged siege would have been like in the 1800s. The fort’s buildings and curtain walls have been restored and outside the walls guests can walk through the siege lines that would have been used by the British during the Siege of Fort Erie. The fort also has a new visitors center and museum that displays artifacts from the fort and tells the personal stories of the soldiers who fought during the siege. The fort also has one of the longest running Native interpretive programs of any War of 1812 historic site in the region.

Name: Fort York
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Website: http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/fort-york.htm
Contact: P) 416-392-6907 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Description:
Fort York was reconstructed in 1814 and many of those building still stand today. The fort sits in downtown Toronto and provides visitors with a link the city’s earliest beginnings. Interpreters in period dress escort visitors around the fort’s many buildings and displays and provide demonstrations such as musket firings and period military drill.

Name: Fort Wellington
Location: Prescott, Ontario
Website: http://www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/on/wellington/index.aspx 
Contact: P) 613-925-2896 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Description:
The fort has been carefully restored to its 19th century appearance. In the summer of 2012, the fort opened its brand new visitors center. The center contains exhibits that tell the story of the fort and explain how cooperation between British regulars, Canadian militia and Native warriors protected the St. Lawrence River and British supply lines during the war.

Name: Crysler’s Farm Battlefield
Location: Morrisburg, Ontario
Website: http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/index.cfm/en/home/ 
Contact: P) 1-800-437-2233
Description: 
Much of the original battlefield was destroyed during the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s. Today, the battle is memorialized at the Battlefield Memorial Building, which contains artifacts from the battlefield and a large granite monument dedicated to the British and Canadian victory.

Name: Canadian War Museum
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Website: http://www.warmuseum.ca/splash/ 
Contact: P) 1-800-555-5621
Description:
The Canadian War Museum presents visitors with the history of Canada’s wars from the earliest days of settlement up to present day. The War of 1812 is featured in one of the museum galleries and there is a special 1812 exhibition on display for the bicentennial anniversary of the war.

Name: Fort Henry
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Website: http://www.forthenry.com/index.cfm/en/home/ 
Contact: P) 1-800-437-2233 E)  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Description:
Fort Henry today bears little resemblance to the fort that stood here during the War of 1812. However, visitors can tour the fort to understand why it was of strategic importance during the war and visit the Fort Henry Museum to learn about the location’s long history.

Name: Nancy Island Historic Site
Location: Wasaga Beach, Ontario
Website: http://www.wasagabeachpark.com/ 
Contact: P) 705-429-2516
Description:
The Nancy Island Historic Site commemorates the HMS Nancy’s battle against three American schooners during the War of 1812. The Wasaga Beach Welcome Center tells the story of HMS Nancy, her valiant fight and houses artifacts from the ship including the charred hull of the vessel.

Name: Niagara Historical Society Museum
Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagarahistorical.museum/ 
Contact: E) contact@niagarahistorical.museum 
Description:
The Niagara Historical Society Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The museum houses many collections, a research library and maintains a War of 1812 exhibition that contains archives and artifacts from the war.

Name: Willoughby Historical Museum
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca/index.php/museums/willoughby-historical-museum/ 
Contact: P) 905-295-4036
Description:
The Willoughby Historical Museum captures the history of Niagara Falls with a particular focus on reflecting rural life in Niagara Falls and the Battle of Chippawa.

Name: Battle Ground Hotel Museum
Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Website: http://www.niagarafallshistorymuseum.ca/index.php/museums/battle-ground-hotel-museum/ 
Contact: P) 905-358-5082
Description:
The museum is housed in a restored 1850s style tavern house. It includes period-furnished rooms and artifacts from the War of 1812. The museum provides visitors with the experience of tavern life in 19th century Ontario.

For directions and more information about these locations, visit their websites.

Funding for 1812 on the Niagara Frontier was provided by 
The Wilson Foundation, Warren and Barbara Goldring and Phil Lind.