Events

NIAGARA SIGNATURE 1812 EVENT:The Battle of Queenston Heights

Date: October 13, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM to 08:30 PM
Location: Queenston Heights
14184 Niagara River Parkway
Queenston, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

905-468-6621

One of 1812's most historically significant battles occurred on October 13 when American forces attacked at Queenston, killing the leader of the British forces, Major General Isaac Brock. This commemorative event will re-enact the Battle of Queenston Heights, as well as the burial of Brock, accompanied by 19th century period music.

The federal government announced in October 2011, that October 2012 will be declared "1812 month", which will make this event even more significant.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Battle of Queenston Heights Weekend

October 12
10:00 – 4:00 pm
Education Day at Queenston Heights Park. Schools have pre-booked and we are close to capacity. Period merchants and demonstrators will be on site. School tours will be led by costumed volunteers to interpreted stations where the students will learn aspects of the Battle of Queenston Heights. Lewiston, NY is also holding an education day.

2 p.m.
St. Saviour, Major General Sir Isaac Brock Memorial Church, Queenston. Dedication of a monument celebrating the historic social and cultural relationship between St. Peter Port, Guernsey (birthplace of Sir Isaac Brock) and Queenston, where he fell in battle. A number of Guernsey officials and local politicians will be speaking.

Reenactors (British & US) will be camping Friday evening at Fort George as well as US reenactors will be camping in Lewiston, NY. On Friday evening there will be a cannon bombardment from the shores of the Niagara River, followed by fireworks. The fireworks and bombardment will be visible from the shores of the Niagara River in Queenston.
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October 13
October 13, 2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the historic Battle of Queenston Heights. Join us at Queenston Heights where historic interpreters and musicians, re-enactors, merchants, and sutlers will make history come to life! Take a tour of the battle site, and climb the 235 steps to the top of Brock’s Monument to get a bird’s eye view of the battle site. Don’t miss the re-enactment of the battle of Queenston Heights which will be starting at 3:00 pm. Following the re-enactment there will be a ceremony commemorating those who fought and fell during the War of 1812. After the ceremony, Brock’s body will be taken away on a horse drawn wagon, followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Heights to commemorate the life of Sir Isaac Brock.

British soldiers/reenactors will march from Fort George to Queenston Heights, leaving Niagara-on-the-Lake @ 9:30 a.m.

Throughout the day, starting @ 10:00 a.m., more than 20 period merchants will sell their wares and there will also be demonstrations of 19th century trades and lifestyle exhibits in the park by reenactors and artisans. Brock's Monument will be open for climbing.

Guided tours will leave Brock's Monument at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. , 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Tours are $5.00/person.

At 10:30 a.m., Dr. Wesley Turner, Historian and Author, will conduct an in-depth tour (tickets must be pre-purchased from The Friends of Fort George) of the battleground ($20/person/limited to 30 participants)

10:00 a.m., - 20 Queenston Street. Dedication of a monument identifying the “Brock Dead House” where Brock’s body was taken after he was mortally wounded in battle. Guy St-Denis, the researcher who confirmed the site will be making a brief presentation of his work.

11:00 a.m. - a plaque dedication at Brock's Monument by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada - designating Major General Sir Isaac Brock as a person of national significance.
Elsewhere in the park @ 11:00 and 1:00, Ian Bell (and members of Muddy York) will provide musical entertainment
2:00 - Queenston Ladies Choir will perform
3:00 - 4:00 is the Battle Reenactment - Artillery, muskets. More than 800 reenactors are expected to participate in the battle.
4:30 - is the public commemorative ceremony at the base of Brock's Monument. Dignitaries and descendents will speak.
5:30 - Brock's body to be taken from the park in a horse-drawn wagon. Public encouraged to line the walkway in respect for a fallen hero.
6:00 - Gin Lane will provide period music on the stage in front of the Monument
7:15 - Fireworks on the Heights, framing Brock's Monument

Park Closes following fireworks
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October 14
12:00 noon - reenactors will form up at Fort George to march down Byron to Prideaux to Victoria and then along Queen Street. The procession will stop at the Old Court House for a commemoration ceremony. The caskets for Brock and Macdonell will then be placed on the horse-drawn carts to be accompanied to St. Mark's Church. At the Church the "Brock" bell will toll followed by a hymn sung by the St. Mark's Choir. The procession will then proceed to Fort George where a Drumhead service will take place at the fort bastion, where Brock was buried in October 1812. Cannons will be fired from both Fort George and Fort Niagara.
The day commemorates the lasting peace and friendship between Canada and the United States.
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Access, Transportation and Parking

There is no admission fee to these commemorative events. The event is being supported by grant funding from the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage, Department of Canadian Heritage; The Niagara Falls Bridge Commission; Coca Cola Bottling; Shaw Festival and private donations and with the generosity of our partners The Niagara-on-the-Lake Bicentennial Committee; Niagara National Historic Sites, Parks Canada; the Niagara Parks Commission and the Queenston Residents’ Association.

The Niagara Parks Commission will provide all-day shuttle service (with the WEGO bus system) from 9:00 a.m. until after the fireworks. The bus will run on a continuous circuit on the Niagara Parkway with stops at the Butterfly Conservatory, Queenston Heights, the Laura Secord House, the McFarland House and Fort George parking lot and return. The shuttle bus is free for all. Car parking at Queenston Heights will be $5 and $6 at Fort George. There is no public parking at Locust Grove.

Tour buses must adhere to the Niagara Parks Commission's transportation rules. Tour buses will be allowed to drop passengers at Queenston Heights and then will be directed to park at the Butterfly Conservatory

Visitors are encouraged to walk to the bus parking lots to alleviate traffic congestion. Niagara Parks Commission will have food services available all day at Queenston Heights Parks. Visitors can bring picnic lunches. There will be separate food services for reenactors and participants.

Dress for the weather, bring a lawn chair and enjoy a day of history, re-lived!



For more details, contact giftshop@friendsoffortgeorge.ca or call 905-468-6621
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ACTIVITIES TAKING PLACE IN LEWISTON, NY:

The Battle of Queenston Heights (U.S. side)
Academy Park, Lewiston, New York
October 12-14, 2012
A Bicentennial commemoration and reenactment of the first major battle of the War of 1812, portrayed on the actual dates.

This is a bi-national event with programs and demonstration on both sides of the U.S. and Canada border.

The U.S. program is FREE and the public is welcomed.
This is 100% volunteer effort and your support is needed and appreciated.


PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS AND SCHEDULE
Friday, October 12

2:45pm (Academy Park)
The War of 1812: Songs & Stories
from New York and Beyond
Dave Ruch

4pm Off to War Cannon Procession
Center St. (from Portage Road to 4th St.)
Cheer on our brave troops as they prepare to invade Canada and
drive the British out of North America once and for all!


7pm to 7:30pm
Cannon Bombardment of Canada
Lewiston Riverfront, N. Water Street
Period cannonade with special fireworks presentation and music.
This will be the largest 1812 period cannon bombardment ever assembled. Listen to President Madison urge
his troops to victory at 6:50pm. Bring lawn chairs for seating. Area parking restrictions in force.


Saturday, October 13

Noon to 1pm
British troops harass and ransack Lewiston businesses
Center Street

1 and 4pm
New York State Honor Guard Ceremony
Veteran's Memorial, Academy Park

2:45pm
Air Force Reserve Mass Enlistment
Artpark Amphitheater

3pm
Cannon Bombardment of Canada
Artpark Upper Parking Lot &
Amphitheater area

11am, 12, 1:30, 3pm
Virginia Reel (Tent #4)
Spirits of 1812: Tryon and Sally (Tent #6)
Tying Knots Like a Sailor (Tent #8)
Colonial Times (Tent #11)
19th Century Cricket (Field #14)

11:30am, 12:30, 2, 3:30pm
Spirits of 1812: Millar and Brit (Tent #2)
Genot Picor: French-Canadian (Tent #3)
Ship's Company Chanteymen (Tent #7)
19th Century Games & Toys (Tent #9)
19th Century Food & Clothes (Tent #12)
Sunday, October 14

9am-12pm
Reenactor Marching, Drills
and Demonstrations

12pm-4pm
Variety of Interpretive Program Stations

2:30pm
1812 Fashion Show
Student lunch tent, Academy Park


FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE HISTORIC LEWISTON ASSOCIATION
Phone: 716-754-4214