Flames Across Niagara - December 6 & 7, 2013

Fort Erie, Buffalo and Niagara-on-the-Lake will be ablaze with activities on December 7th. The Three towns will be commemorating the treacherous burnings that took place in 1813 as an attack during the War of 1812-1814.

Buffalo will have activities all day long, including Tea With Dolly Madison at 10am, tours of the USS Trippe at the Buffalo Marine Centre, a lecture presented by Chris Brown on the War of 1812, a tree-lighting in Market Square and -of course- the big fire at 6:00pm.

Fort Erie’s fire will be lit at 6:00 p.m.  at the Old Coal Docks (corner of Jarvis St. and the Niagara Parkway). There will be a walking art exhibit along Jarvis Street that will start at 1:00 p.m. The public is asked to bring non-perishable food items and gently-used unwanted clothing to support the cause.

Down the river in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the public is invited to visit Market Square and the court house downtown on Queen Street, where a sounds and lights will be projected onto buildings to simulate flames. A dramatic film will be premiered at the court house; documenting the burning of the now “prettiest town in Canada”. The evening will conclude with fireworks.

This is a Signature Niagara 1812 Event, identified by the Niagara 1812 Legacy Council. The Legacy Council is a cross-border nonprofit, established to commemorate the War of 1812 and celebrate the 200 years of peace between nations that has followed.


Timed events-

10am-Tea with Dolly Madison (Clarence Town Park Clubhouse)

12pm-Clarence Historical Society Museum

1-4 Buffalo Maritime Center

2-4pm Hull House 

4:30-Chris Brown on the War of 1812 in WNY (Religious Arts Center, Black Rock)

5:20-Tree lighting in Market Square (Black Rock)

6:05-Bonfire (Squaw Island)

WNY Heritage –will be present with the new 1812 Annual edition


Non-timed events:

Fire Museum

Theodore Roosevelt  Site

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Museum

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park (1812 display)

Storrs map at the Grosvenor Room (Buffalo and Erie County Central Library)

The History Museum  until 5pm

Assistance from the West Seneca  East Middle School War of 1812 Club.


Buffalo Maritime Center
90 Arthur Street
Buffalo, NY 14207

1-4 PM Chris Andrle will be present to give tours and discuss replicating the USS Trippe

and the use of bateaux used during the War of 1812.  The BMC advances the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of historic and comtemporary watercraft indigenous to the Western New York area


Clarence Historical Society Museum
10465 Main Street
Clarence NY 14031

When the village of Buffalo was burned, the citizens fled to outlying towns like Clarence.  The Clarence Historical Society has displays that go all the way back to the founding of WNY and the War of 1812.  The museum will also be remembering the events of Dec. 7, 1941 at noon at the Clarence Historical Museum, 10465 Main Street.  Albert McFadyen will appear as FDR and discuss the “day that will go down in infamy.”   Join others as we pay our respects to those who never came home to their loved ones…in both conflicts.  For more information call The Clarence Historical Museum at (716)759-8575 or museum Director Alicia Braaten (716)531-1517.  This is a free event.


Buffalo Fire Museum
1850 William Street
Buffalo, NY 14206

Going back almost 200 years, the Buffalo Volunteer Fire Companies started because of the Burning of Buffalo during the War of 1812! Come see the history of the Buffalo Fire Department unfold in pictures and explore the fire equipment from the past all the way up to the present.


Clarence Town Park Clubhouse
10405 Main Street
Clarence NY 14031

Tea With Dolley Madison
Come meet the woman who saved George Washington…his famous portrait that is!  One of the last to leave the White House before the British burned it during the War of 1812, Dolley Madison helped to save many of the nation’s early treasures.  Come have tea with her in the historic Clarence Town Park Clubhouse.



Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
3755 Tonawanda Creek Road
Amherst NY 14228

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village will be featuring the War of 1812 section that is part of our, From Forest to Front Lawn exhibition. We will also being   giving a presentation about activities occurring in Amherst during the war of 1812. Presentation 30-minute will start at 2:00 pm. The museum will be open from 2 to 4 on that day. Admission is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children.  Williamsville, NY (Williams Mills)


Hull Family Home and Farmstead
5976 Genesee Street
Lancaster NY  14086

 "Visit the historic Hull Family Home & Farmstead - Erie Counties oldest surviving stone dwelling - home to Revolutionary War veteran Warren Hull and wife Polly.  Son James fought in the War of 1812.  The house is now undergoing complete restoration - to return it to it's 1820 appearance  - and will help tell the story of early Western New York."


Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural site
641 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo NY 14202

Though best known as America’s 26th President, Teddy Roosevelt penned one of the definitive naval histories of the War of 1812.  Come visit the place where he became President of the United States.  The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site is open from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Saturday December 7 for self-guided tours at REDUCED ADMISSION OF $5 PER PERSON.  Come explore Buffalo's presidential history and enjoy the Site's traditional holiday decorations.  We are located at 641 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY.


Buffalo Religious Arts Center
157 East Street
Buffalo NY 14207

Join Chris Brown for an engaging look at the War of 1812 in Western New York.  Chris has led 1812 tours by bike and by boat.  Now, join him in the beautiful Religious Arts Center for his take on this important conflict.


The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court
Buffalo NY 14216

Bicentennial exhibit is on display


Buffalo and Erie County Central Library
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo NY 14203
Restrored Juba Storr’s map of Buffalo circa April, 1813




Fort Erie 1812 Bicentennial Committee presents the 4th Annual Flames Across Niagara

Bonfires will be lit on both sides of the Niagara River to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the Burning of Niagara.

Old Coal Docks (Jarvis St. and Niagara Pkwy)

Friday December 6th

Camp-out fundraiser begins- Ten local community celebrities will brave the cold and spend the night in an 1812 encampment to raise money and supplies for local charities. 


Saturday December 7th

1:00 pm- Jarvis St. walking art exhibit begins

6:00 pm- Bonfires will be lit at the Old Coal Docks, corner of Jarvis St. and the Niagara Parkway.


Please help support local charities by bringing non-perishable food items and unwanted clothing.


For more information visit www.FortErie1812.ca

Local community celebrities participating in the fundraiser camp-out include:


Karen Audet -   Fort Erie Chamber of Commerce, Operations Manager

Larry Coplen  -  Town of Fort Erie, Fire Chief

Kelly Kendrick – Ganawageh Urban Homes

Carolyn Kett – Town Clerk

Stephen Passero  -  Ward 1 Town Councellor

Wayne Redekop -  Ridgeway Lawyer and former Town of Fort Erie Mayor

Jim Thibert  - Economic Development and Tourism Corporation, General Manager

3 mystery campers- to be announced


December 6th
Following the Candlelight Stroll, the town will be lit as if on fire, outside the Court House.

December 7th 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Outdoor sound and light show, dramatic film premiere and fireworks! Refreshments available

The public is invited to view 'Niagara on Fire' at Market Square and the Courthouse downtown on Queen Street, where a sound and light show will be projected onto buildings to simulate flames. A dramatic film will be premiered outside at the Courthouse, documenting the burning of the now “prettiest town in Canada”. Fireworks will light up the sky. Niagara on Fire is free to attend, and local shops and restaurants will stay open to offer respite from the cold.

December 10th 5:30 p.m.

Proclamation and ceremonial unveiling of a new flag on the 200th anniversary of the Burning of Niagara
5:30 p.m. reception, 6:15 p.m. ceremony at the Market Room in the Courthouse

St. Mark's Church at 7:00 p.m.

A torchlit procession through the cemetery followed by a candlelight service. Hot cider will be served beside a bonfire.