Niagara Theater Continued (Part Three)
Niagara Falls History Museum
5810 Ferry Street
Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 1S9(905) 358-5082
Previously known as the Lundy’s Lane Historical Museum, this fascinating facility dedicated to educating the public about the rich past of the Niagara Falls area is temporarily housed in a former armory building on Victoria Street in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In 2012 it will relocated to a new building on Ferry Street beside the Lundy’s Lane Battlefield and Drummond Hill Cemetery. This museum is a fine place to learn about the war of 1812 as it was fought along the Niagara frontier.
Lake Road off Robert Moses Parkway
Youngstown, New York 14171(716) 745-7611
Established by the French during the late seventeenth century on what was then a wild frontier, Fort Niagara is one of the oldest military strong points west of the Alleghenies. The flags of three nations have flown over the fort, and appropriately enough, the royal fleur-de-lis of the French and the British Union Jack still flap above its battlements alongside Old Glory. Positioned directly across the Niagara River form Fort George, Fort Niagara played an important role in the War of 1812 serving as a base of operations for early attempts to invade Canada. Late in 1813, the British captured the fort in a daring and bloody nighttime raid and held it for the remainder of the war. Located off the north end of New York’s scenic Robert Moses Parkway, Old Fort Niagara immerses visitors in its own extraordinary history. The fort is open year-round. In the summer, guides dressed in military uniforms typical of the 1812 era conduct tours. The daily musket demonstrations are especially popular with children. Of particular interest is the two-story stone French Castle, one of the oldest buildings on the Great Lakes.
Niagara Historical Museum
43 Castlereagh Street
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0(905) 468-3912
Although not devoted exclusively to the war of 1812, the Niagara Historical Museum provides a wealth of information on the war, the history of Niagara region, and the community of Niagara-on-the-Lake, once known as Newark. American troops burned Newark as they retreated from the west bank of the Niagara River late in 1813, and the museum recounts the story of this tragic event. A must-see for anyone interested in the War of 1812 or the general history of the Niagara region, the museum is located at the corner of Castlereagh Street and Davy Street. It contains thousands of unique artifacts, photographs, and documents. Known as Memorial Hall, the museum building itself is historic.
Oliver Hazard Perry Statue
Buffalo, New York 14213 (716) 838-1249 (Olmstead Parks Conservancy)