FEATURED EVENTS:1000 Islands Commemorates War of 1812 Bicentennial

by admin ~ April 26th, 2012. Filed under: Featured Events.


The peaceful waters and shorelines of the 1000 Islands were once torn by fighting during the War of 1812. Sites along the 1000 Islands and Lake Ontario hosted significant battles during the war. Ultimately, the peaceful and friendly border that exists today sprung from these battles. Join the Thousand Islands region in commemorating this significant period by taking in these War of 1812 Bicentennial events”

May 19-21
Fort Wellington National Historic Site of Canada (Prescott, ON)
It’s a “garrison weekend,” featuring re-enactments, family activities, a children’s parade and the opening of a new Visitor Centre featuring a rare 1812-era gunboat wreck.

June 1-3
Spencerville Mill (Spencerville, ON)
Bicentennial Heritage Fair includes militia and civil encampments, period dance workshops and performances. Heritage craft demonstrations, vendors and more.

June 18
Joel Stone Park (Gananoque, ON)
Joel Stone Heritage Park will be unveiled on the anniversary of the United States’ declaration of war against Britain. A signature Eastern Ontario 1812 Event.

June 22-23
Brockville Memorial Center (Brockville, ON)
The 1000 Islands Food and Wine Festival will celebrate Sir Isaac Brock with period costumes, music and storytelling. Two-for-one admission to those wearing 1812 attire.

June 23
Courthouse Green (Brockville, ON)
A gathering to celebrate the city’s namesake, Sir Isaac Brock, a Canadian hero and British general. Re-enactors and rifle regiment will be on site.

June 29-July 1
Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (Kingston, ON) “The Escape of the Royal George,” a full-scale recreation of an attack on Kingston’s harbour featuring tallships and an evening musical concert. A signature Eastern Ontario 1812 Event.

July 4
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site (Sackets Harbor, NY) “War of 1812 Songs and Stories” and fireworks display from an actual battlefield.

July 14-Aug. 18
Kinsmen Amphitheatre (Prescott, ON) St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival’s production of “Othello” will be set in 1812 to honor the bicentennial.

July 20-21
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site (Sackets Harbor, NY) Alliance Lawn Party featuring historical guest speakers.

Aug. 4-5
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site (Sackets Harbor, NY) War of 1812 Weekend battle re-enactment.

Aug. 24-26
Gananoque waterfront and Arthur Child Heritage Museum of the 1000 Islands (Gananoque, ON)
Re-enactor encampments, two naval battles on the water and evening entertainment.

2013
May 29

Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site (Sackets Harbor, NY)
Rededication of the Centennial Monument.

July 4
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site (Sackets Harbor, NY) Musical performances and evening fireworks.

July 13-14
Crysler’s Farm National Historic Site and Upper Canada Village Heritage Park (Crysler’s Farm, ON)  Re-enactment weekend commemorating the pivotal Battle of Crysler’s Farm. A signature Eastern Ontario 1812 Event.

Aug. 3-4
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site (Sackets Harbor, NY) A large-scale re-enactment is planned at the site overlooking Lake Ontario. A War of 1812 vessels/sail race between Kingston (ON) and Sackets Harbor (NY) will take place along with the dedication of the Bicentennial Memorial.

Photos by Joseph T. Meirose IV

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