Resides in the original house of the Canadian heroine Laura Secord, Laura Secord Homestead is a historical museum that showcases the life, legacy, and bravery of Secord and provides a glimpse into the past.
Laura Secord (1775-1868) was born in the colonial Province of Massachusetts Bay. In 1795, her family and other Loyalist refugees relocated to Queenston in Canada. There, she met and married James Secord and raised her seven children.
During the War of 1812, in June 1813, the Americans occupied Fort George, Queenston, and the Niagara area. On June 21st, 1813, Secord overheard the American plan a surprise attack on the British troops at Beaver Dams. She left her homestead in Queenston for a 20 miles (32 km) walk to the British headquarters in Decew House, Thorold Township, to warn Lieutenant James FitzGibbon of the coming attack. Due to her intel, the British and their Mohawk allies were well prepared; they defeated the Americans and stopped them from entering Canada.
Her bravery story only got recognized when she was 85 years old, in 1860, when the Prince of Wales visited Niagara Falls; he heard about her contribution to the victory in Beaver Dams and awarded her £100 for her service.
She passed away at 93 years of age and was buried in the Drummondville Cemetery in Niagara Falls, next to her husband.
In 1910, a monument that stands a 10-minute walk from the homestead was erected in her honor. She was named a ‘Person of National Historic Significance’ in 2003 and was honored with a statue at the Valiants Memorial in Ottawa (dedicated in 2006).
The Laura Secord Candy Company restored the house and donated its original furniture in 1971. In 1998 they gifted it to Niagara Parks, and The Niagara Parks Commission has been managing it.
A visit to the house with costumed interpreters will transport you back to the days that Laura, her husband, James, and their youngest child lived there (1803-1835). In addition to hearing about her life, you will hear about life in Canada during this era.
Also at the museum are refreshments, ice cream, Laura Secord chocolates, and a selection of quality souvenirs. Special events such as desserts and crafts workshops take place occasionally.
Do not miss the Laura Secord Walk that takes place annually in June.
Laura Secord Homestead: Virtual Visit
The home of Canada's most famous heroine, step back in time with a visit to the lovingly restored Laura Secord Homestead. Hear how this brave woman lived before and after her perilous journey in service to her country.
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Laura Secord Homestead: Virtual VisitThe home of Canada's most famous heroine, step back in time with a visit to the lovingly restored Laura Secord Homestead. Hear how this brave woman lived before and after her perilous journey in service to her country.
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