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Memorial to Laura Secord at Queenston Heights

Queenston, ON – 19 September 2015

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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 Battle of Queenston Heights

The Battle of Queenston Heights
James Dennis

The places we visited had links to the battle and the history of area.

Laura Secord Homestead Information Board

Laura Secord Homestead Information Board
19 September 2015

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 Homestead

Laura Secord Homestead
19 September 2015

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.

Kitchen in Laura Secord Homestead

Kitchen in Laura Secord Homestead
19 September 2015

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”.

The Colonial Advocate Plaque

The Colonial Advocate Plaque
19 September 2015

Outside the entrance and inside the building there are several printing presses, both wooden and metal framed.

Outside the Mackenzie Printery

Outside the Mackenzie Printery
19 September 2015

Printing Exhibits

Printing Exhibits
19 September 2015

Many of the presses are operational and demonstrations are given. Inside the entrance is a wax-work of William Mackenzie.

William Lyon Mackenzie

William Lyon Mackenzie
19 September 2015

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.

Memorial to Laura Secord at Queenston Heights

Memorial to Laura Secord at Queenston Heights
19 September 2015

However the more prominent memorial is to Major Genral Sir Isaac Brock. He died at the Battle of Queenston Heights on 13 October 1812.

Brock Monument from the east

Brock Monument from the east
19 September 2015

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.

Inscription to Major General Sir Isaac Brock at the monument base.

Inscription to Major General Sir Isaac Brock at the monument base.
19 September 2015

At the top of the monument is a likeness of Sir Isaac hold a scroll in his hand looking north toward Lake Ontario.

Major General Sir Isaac Brock

Major General Sir Isaac Brock
19 September 2015

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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