Laura Ingersoll Secord was a heroine of the War of 1812.
It was from this Queenston homestead that Laura Secord began the journey that has earned her a place in Canadian history. Despite the danger and harsh unsettled country, Laura Secord is a heroine due to her heroic journey to warn Canadian troups of an impending attack by the invading Americans. Her journey along a 32 km (20 mile) treacherous route took more than 18 hours to complete. 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. 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. 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.
Located in the pleasant village of Queenston, just off the scenic Niagara Parkway. A short walk away from Queenston Heights Park and a short walk away from the Bruce Trail and the Niagara River Recreation Trail.
The main floor only of this historic building is wheelchair accessible.
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