A week into our holiday and we visited the village of Queenston under the Niagara Escarpement, and Queenston Heights on top of the escarpment.
In our living room we have a framed picture of the Battle of Queenston Heights painted by James Dennis, which took place in October 1812.
The places we visited had links to the battle and the history of area.
Our first stop was to the Laura Secord Homestead. Her father, Thomas Ingersoll, having lived in Massachusetts during the American Civil War moved to the Niagara area in 1795.
Laura Secord’s fame came from walking 30 miles out of the American occupied territory to get a message to the warn the British Army of an impeding attack.
The homestead has a typical garden with a picket fence, and inside there are two rooms downstairs (kitchen and living room) and two bedrooms upstairs.
Also in Queenston is the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum. William Mackenzie was born in Dundee and emigrated to Canada in 1820. He set up a newspaper – “The Colonial Advocate”.
Outside the entrance and inside the building there are several printing presses, both wooden and metal framed.
Many of the presses are operational and demonstrations are given. Inside the entrance is a wax-work of William Mackenzie.
Leaving the printery, we headed to the top of the Niagara Escarpment, both to see the gardens and monuments at Queenston Heights, but also to have lunch at the restaurant. After lunch we looked around the gardens, and the various monuments.
With an opening in the trees behind, showing the Niagara River heading north to Lake Ontario is a memorial to Laura Secord.
However the more prominent memorial is to Major Genral Sir Isaac Brock. He died at the Battle of Queenston Heights on 13 October 1812.
The monument can be seen when approaching along Niagara Park from the north and south. At the base there is an inscription to the Major-General.
At the top of the monument is a likeness of Sir Isaac hold a scroll in his hand looking north toward Lake Ontario.
- Wikipedia on Battle of Queenston Heights
- Pictures from our visit to Laura Secord Homestead
- Historic Canada on Laura Secord
- Niagara Parks – Laura Secord Homestead
- Wikipedia on Laura Secord
- Pictures from our visit to Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum
- Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum
- Niagara Parks – Mackenzie Printery
- Pictures from our visit to Queenston Heights
- Niagara Parks – Queenston Heights
- Niagara Parks – Brock’s Monument
- Wikipedia on Isaac Brock