Laura Secord Homestead

29 Queenston St., Niagara Falls Ontario Canada, L0S 1L0 9.7km from the Falls

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Home of Canada's Most Famous Heroine During the war of 1812, a brave woman set out on a perilous journey in the service of her country, and stepped forever into the history and folklore of Niagara. Travel back in time to her lovingly restored homestead and be enchanted by stories of her adventures and surroundings as interpreted by authentically costumed guides. Guided tours are provided by qualified costumed interpreters, providing information about this historic house and the history of the area. Light refreshments, ice cream, Laura Secord chocolates and a selection of quality souvenirs are available. Niagara Parks is preparing to celebrate the War of 1812 Bi-Centennial. Plans are being made for special events beginning in 2012 - visit the official website for updates on this important milestone shared by Canada and the United States of America - 200 Years of Peace. Laura Secord Homestead Facts & Figures: Was the residence of Canadian heroine Laura Secord from 1803 to 1835. ransacked by invading American soldiers during the Battle of Queenston Heights in October of 1812 during the War of 1812. the starting point of Laura Secord's perilous 32 kilometre (20 mile) journey to warn the British of an imminent American surprise attack in June of 1813 during the War of 1812. restored and furnished with original furniture by the Laura Secord Candy Company in 1971 and gifted to The Niagara Parks Commission in 1998. in the pleasant village of Queenston, just off the scenic Niagara Parkway conveniently located minutes away from a People Mover bus stop in Queenston Heights Park and a short walk away from the Bruce Trail and the Niagara River Recreation Trail. Location:   29 Queenston St. in the Village of Queenston, Ontario, a 15-minute scenic drive north of the Falls along the Niagara Parkway. The main floor only of this historic building is wheelchair accessible. Admission:   Adults $9.50,  Children (6 to 12 years) $6.25 (Canadian $ before taxes) Children 5 years and under admitted for Free at all Niagara Parks attractions! Hours of Operation - Subject to change: May 5th to Labour day - Open 7 days a week 10am - 5pm Labour day to October 14th - Open Wednesday through Sunday 11am - 5pm History Laura Ingersoll Secord, heroine of the War of 1812, came to Upper Canada from Massachusetts with her father and siblings in 1795. Her father, who had sided with the Patriots during the American revolution, came to Canada in hopes of regaining his lost family fortune. The Ingersolls settled in the Niagara Peninsula and opened a tavern. It was in Niagara that Laura met James Secord, a United Empire Loyalist. Two years after her arrival, Laura and James were married. In the early 1800's the Secords moved to Queenston from nearby St. David's. It was from this Queenston homestead that Laura Secord began the journey that has earned her a place in Canadian history. The Secords had been ordered to billet American soldiers in their home. On the evening of June 21, 1813, Laura and her husband James overheard an American plan of an impending attack on British forces. The Americans were planning an assault against Lt. James Fitzgibbon at Beaverdams. With that position captured, the Americans could control the entire Niagara Peninsula. Upon hearing the plan, the Secords knew that Fitzgibbon must be warned. Injured at the Battle of Queenston Heights the previous October, James could not attempt the journey. Despite the danger and harsh unsettled country, Laura decided she would go to warn Fitzgibbon. Her journey along a 32 km (20 mile) treacherous route took more than 18 hours to complete. Fearing discovery by American patrols that were in possession of that part of Niagara, Laura Secord daringly made her way to DeCew house on the outskirts of Thorold. The dangers of such a journey were many - wolves, wildcats and rattlesnakes were common in the peninsula at this time, as were unfriendly Native forces. A woman walking alone toward enemy lines risked being arrested or even shot. Overcoming exceedingly hot temperatures and wild, unsettled land, Laura trekked through thick woods and across unbridged streams, tattering her slippers and leaving her feet blistered and bleeding. At Beaverdams, Laura encountered Native forces who were allies of the British. Upon hearing her news, they accompanied her to DeCew house where she was able to deliver her vital message to Fitzgibbon. As a result, the Native forces, under the command of John Norton and Dominique Ducharme, ambushed the invading Americans and defeated them at the Battle of Beaverdams, June 24, 1813. Although Laura was due much of the credit for the victory, her heroism was soon forgotten. It wasn't until 1860, almost fifty years later, that Laura received recognition of her act during a visit by Edward, Prince of Wales. She died in 1868 at the age of 93 and is buried in Drummond Hill Cemetery. In 2003, the Minister of Canadian Heritage designated Laura Secord a Person of National Historic Significance for her heroic actions during the War of 1812. The Secord Homestead in Queenston was reconstructed in 1971 by Laura Secord Inc. Open for tours during the summer months, the Homestead features authentic furnishings of the 1812 period. The company's signature chocolates and ice cream are available in an annex building, which was built where the original summer kitchen is thought to have been located. In 1998, through the generous gift of Laura Secord Inc., the Laura Secord Homestead became part of the public trust, enabling The Niagara Parks Commission to ensure the Homestead's preservation and safekeeping for future generations