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 VF 00 Voices of Freedom Tour Introduction

Welcome to the Voices of Freedom tour, in historic Niagara on the Lake.This exploration of our local Black History begins at the Niagara Historical Society Museum at 43 Castlereigh Street in Niagara on the Lake.+

 OVERVIEW - First Nations Perspectives Tours

In these tours, you will hear about the cultural heritage, natural history, and political realities of the Niagara region and beyond, as told from the perspective of its first inhabitants - the First Nations peoples.+

 Firemens Park - End of Stage 1 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail

The north car park of Firemen"s Park is the end of Stage 1 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Stage 2 of the trail begins just south of the railway tracks on the west side of Dorchester Road, alongside the railway control box.+

 NH 1-00 Introduction to the Natural History Hike

Welcome to the Natural History hike, along the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Along the way you will hear from Caroline McCormick, Larry McDermott, Gabriella Currie Ziegler, Santee Smith and others, as they introduce you to the natural beauty and wonder of th+

 OW 2-00 Introduction - Out of the Wilderness Stage 2 - Women in Laura Secord's World

In Stage Two, between Firemen"s Park and Niagara College, we"ll introduce you to some other special women who also lived in Laura"s time – and who, like Laura, stepped out of their traditional roles, showing bravery, courage, and determination….but th+

 NH 5-00 Land and Water Tour Introduction

The Land and Water hike explores the natural history, geology, and human influences on the watershed along Stage 5 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail.+

 FN 1-00 Walking Ancient Pathways Tour - Introduction

Barbara Worthy provides an introduction to First Nations stories in the context of the broader narrative about settlement of the Niagara Peninsula and the founding of Canada.+

 Skills of a Warrior

Rick Hill describes the skills of an Iroquois Warrior, and the important role they played in battles with the Americans during the War of 1812, including the pivotal Battle of Queenston Heights. Media clip SC23.+

 GN 4-00 Guide to Stage 4 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail

This digital trail guide will automatically provide your mobile device with automatic turn-by-turn audio directions, live digital maps, and wayfinding cues for Stage 4 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail (Rodman Hall to Rotary Park). Use in conjunction with +

 FN 5-00 Divided Loyalties Tour First Nations Perspectives Stage 5

Welcome to Stage five of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Stage Five runs from here at Rotary Park to Decew House, for a distance of about 4 and a half kilometres, or approximately one and a quarter hours, for the average walker.On this section of the trail+

 OW 3-50 End of Monumental Women Tour

This is where we end Stage 3 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. We hope you have enjoyed hearing the stories of some of the monumental women who lived and worked in this area, and who changed its history - and indeed, in some cases, the history of the enti+

 Carolinian Forest in Niagara

Carolinian Forests in NiagaraThe Carolinian forest is a life zone found in eastern North America mainly characterized by a predominance of deciduous, or broad-leaf trees. The term "Carolinian forest" is used primarily in Canada. This region is the nor+

 PW 1-00 Introduction to Pioneering Women of Niagara

Welcome! Thank you for joining us on this tour – Pioneering Women of Niagara, presented by the Friends of Laura Secord, with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.+

 OW 2-01 Out of the Wilderness Stage 2 - Women in Laura Secord's World

Welcome to Stage two of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Stage two runs between the north parking lot of Fireman"s Park and Niagara College, for a distance of about 6 and a half kilometres, or approximately one and a quarter hours, for the average walker.+

 Morningstar Mill

Thanks to the Friends of Morningstar Mill, there is now a fully restored 1872 grist mill beside beautiful DeCew Falls, a 22 metre (75 foot), waterfall. It is the only operating water powered mill in the Niagara Peninsula, and was one of the first milling +

 FN 4-00 Tour Overview - Legacy of the Landscape

Welcome to Stage Four of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Stage four runs from here at Rodman Hall, to Rotary Park, for a distance of about 4 and a half kilometres, or approximately one and a quarter hours, for the average walker. On Stage 4, we will contin+

 FN 2-00 Tour Overview - Stories from the Longhouse - First Nations Perspectives, Stage 2

Welcome to Stage Two of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail, between Firemen"s Park and Niagara College. On Stage Two you"ll hear "Stories from the Longhouse - First Nations Legends and Myths".+

 FN 4-01 Stage Four of the LSLT starts right here at the entrance to the Walker Botanical Garden

Stage Four of the LSLT starts right here at the entrance to the Walker Botanical Garden.+

 BH 3-70 End of Fighting for Freedom Tour

Thank you for being with us. We hope you"ve enjoyed learning about Black history in Laura Secord"s time and beyond. There are many more stories that have yet to be told. This is where we end Stage 3 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Stage 4 begins right h+

 VF 01 Discovering Black History at the Niagara Historical Society Museum

The black community of Niagara played a crucial role in the development of the town and township. The Museum has strived to tell their story alongside of the other stories of our history. At the museum, you"ll see many biographies and connections between +

 OW 2-02 Women in Laura Secord's World - Life of a Pioneer Woman

If you were a woman in Laura Secord"s time, your life revolved around your home, your family and your husband.But it was the environment that shaped your life.+

 FN 1-01 Start of tour - Turtle Island

As you walk down Queenston Street you"ll hear Rick Hill, of the Turtle Clan, as he shares with you the traditional First Nations understanding of this land.+

 Carolinian Forest in Niagara - Short Hills Park

Carolinian Forests in NiagaraThe Carolinian forest is a life zone found in eastern North America mainly characterized by a predominance of deciduous, or broad-leaf trees. The term "Carolinian forest" is used primarily in Canada. This region is the nor+

 OW 2-03 Women in Laura Secord's World - Julia Defield and Catherine Pool

Meet Julia Defield. She captured an American"s sword. Julia, her friend Jane Kirby, and her child survived the battle with the sword"s owner- and Julia even managed to hide the sword.And then there was Catherine Pool. She was a nice Canadian girl...but sh+

 GN 1-00 Guide to Stage 1 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail

This digital trail guide will automatically provide your mobile device with automatic turn-by-turn audio directions, live digital maps, and wayfinding cues for Stage 1 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail (Queenston to Firemen"s Park). Used in conjunction wit+

 OW 2-04 Women in Laura Secord's World - Mary Henry

Mary Henry made sure that the soldiers on the battlefield had water to drink, had dressings for their wounds, and had someone to hold them as they died.Mary Henry was like an angel, they said. +

 NH 5-04 The Escarpment across the Twelve

Here at the Rotary Park north view point you can look across the valley of Twelve Mile Creek.This ridge of land – the Niagara Escarpment - was a natural geologic and navigational beacon for First Nations. Laura Secord would have used it like that too.Sa+

 VF 03 Parliament Oak School and the 1793 Act Against Slavery

Parliament Oak School is located upon a site where one of the first sessions of the Parliament of Upper Canada sat beneath a spreading oak tree in August of 1793. That legislature, under John Graves Simcoe, was responsible for the 1793 Act Against Slavery+

 Indian Council House

Rick Hill describes the Indian Council House, established near Fort George in 1797. Audio clip SC15+

 VF 04 Harriet Tubman Monument - Parliament Oak Public School

Among the most important abolitionists and most courageous conductors of the Underground Railroad was Harriet Tubman. Born into slavery in Maryland, Tubman escaped and subsequently made about thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved peop+

 OW 2-05 Women in Laura Secord's World - Betsy Doyle

In November, 1812, the British began firing on Fort Niagara. And as the soldiers around her were being killed or wounded, Betsy began loading the hotshot to the cannons. She fought alongside the soldiers of the First Regiment of the United States Artiller+

 FN 1-04 First Nations Inhabitants of Willowbank

Front view of Willowbank in 1913 (Watercolour by Owen Staples, 1866-1949)+

 NH 5-05 Waters of Twelve Mile Creek

Video version (Requires a data connection. Best viewed on wifi; may consume significant wireless data if played in the field) +

 PW 1-05 Janet Carnochan and the Niagara Historical Society and Museum

The Niagara Historical Society and Museum was founded in 1895, by Janet Carnochan, a teacher and passionate historian dedicated to preserving and honouring Niagara"s unique history.+

 VF 05 Parliament Oak Stone Marker

Hidden away on the Parliament Oak school grounds, near the intersection of King and Centre Streets and partially obscured by an overhanging yew, stands a bevelled hand-cut stone marker bearing the following (historically erroneous) inscription:"On this sp+

 OW 2-06 Women in Laura Secord's World - Elizabeth Campbell and Eliza Taylor - Conclusion

Elizabeth Campbell watched as her handsome Niagara home, two acres of land, fruit trees, and stables all burned to ashes. She lost one child, a newborn.As Niagara burned, Eliza Taylor hid her four children in the root cellar.+

 Pioneering Women Tours

Pioneering Women of Niagara: Overview of Tours+

 FN 4-04 Water Blessing Santee Smith

As you travel along the shoreline of the Twelve Mile Creek, Santee Smith, a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River, will share her knowledge of the land, water and its medicines. +

 PW 1-07 Parliament Oak School and Harriet Tubman memorial

As you walk past Parliament Oak School on your right, you will see an encased metal memorial dedicated to Harriet Tubman, and the inscribed mural and plaque depicting Upper Canada"s first Parliament.+

 FN 1-07 First Nations Inhabitants

As you continue walking west along Dee Road, Rick Hill will provide you with an audio overview of the First Nations Inhabitants of this region.+

 NH 1-07 Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve

Gabriella Currie-Ziegler describes the biodiversity and geological history of the Niagara Escarpment.+

 FN 5-08 Bear left on the trail Early Inhabitants

When the fence ends, continue straight then bear left on the trail and climb up on the slight rise to the old DeCew Power Plant access path. Follow the earthen trail (dirt path) south, beside Twelve Mile Creek. The creek is much narrower here, upstream fr+

 Spotify Test Page

Test of Spotify link on mobile devices and desktops: spotify:track:7Lgfu6R90G0LbrKlAU9w5e+

 NH 1-08 Teasels - Part 1

​We"re going to tell you a story about a plant – a particularly useful plant: the Teasel. Teasels were introduced to this environment – and they represent economic history, natural history, and the domestic role of pioneering women. +

 FN 4-06 Thanksgiving Address

Even if you don"t understand the Mohawk language, listen to the cadence and implicit spirituality of this touching Mohawk prayer, spoken by Frank Miller.+

 PW 1-08 Eliza Taylor and The Wilderness

Barbary Worthy tells the story of ElizaTaylor, who sought shelter from the Americans in the house at 407 King Street and hid her children in the root cellar.+

 First Nations, Metis and Inuit Garden

First Nations, Metis and Inuit Gardens. Media Clip SCXX.+

 OW 3-40 Lillian Phelps - Alexandra Hall

Lillian Phelps was a well-known women"s rights activist and speaker who was born in St. Catharines in 1859. She was was instrumental in the founding of Alexandra Hall, a residence to safeguard the physical safety and moral well-being of young women who ca+

 OW 1-00: Lauras Life - Introduction

Join veteran Shaw actor Jennifer Phipps as she brings Laura to life, gets inside her head - and shares a piece of her mind. Often pensive, occasionally crotchety, sometimes witty, and always philosophical,Laura reflects on a lifetime filled with unsought +

 PW 1-10 Julia Defield and Catharine Pool

Julia Defield is renowned for her heroism in saving British military commander Captain James Fitzgibbon from marauding American soldiers who had invaded her home on the Portage Road (now Main Street) near Lundy"s Lane. Catherine Pool was a courageous wom+

 OW 1-01: The trail begins here

Today you are joining us on the tour we call" "Out of the Wilderness - The Women in Laura Secord"s World". The trail runs between the Secord Homestead in Queenston, and Fireman"s Park, on the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Along the trail, you will hea+

 FN 1-10 Iroquois Trail

York Road follows the route of the ancient Iroquois Trail, one of the most important First Nations trail in all of Niagara. +

 FN 5-11 The Bridge at Lauras Crossing

To commemorate the bicentennial of Laura"s trek, and to provide the public with a means of crossing the creek without getting their feet wet, the Friends of Laura Secord worked to get a pedestrian bridge designed and built in this auspicious location. +

 VF 11 Negro Burial Ground, Niagara on the Lake

The Negro Burial Ground was once the site of the Niagara Baptist Church formed in 1830. Some bodies in this predominantly African-Canadian congregation rest in the former church"s graveyard, including Susan Oakley, daughter of the Church"s founder Rev. Jo+

 FN 1-11 Walking Ancient Pathways Rick Hill

Much of modern Ontario was built on trails first blazed by the original peoples of this land. Rick Hill reflects on the importance of these routes during the colonization of the region by European settlers. +

 OW 3-38 Laura Secord Building at 32 Church St

The Laura Secord Building commemorates the Upper Canada Heroine"s role in the pivotal Battle of Beaver Dams in June of 1813. As part of the Bicentennial celebrations of the War of 1812, the Federal Government decided to rename buildings after prominent fi+

 VF 12 Upper Canadian Act Against Slavery 1793 Plaque

This plaque commemorating the landmark Upper Canadian Act Against Slavery (1793) is located on the former site of the Niagara Baptist Church, established in 1830, with a congregation comprised predominantly of Black members.+

 NH 1-11 Carolinian Forests of Niagara

The Carolinian forest is a life zone found in eastern North America mainly characterized by a predominance of deciduous, or broad-leaf trees. The term "Carolinian forest" is used primarily in Canada.+

 FN 4-10 Role of Native Women

Rick Hill describes the important central role that First Nations women played in Native societies. +

 FN 4-12 Importance of Aquatic Life to First Nations Peoples

Larry McDermott describe the important role that trout, salmon, and American Eels played in the diet and culture of First Nations peoples.+

 OW 1-04: Dee Road and Willowbank

Turn left on to Dee Road. Until 2012 this lane was considered a wonderful example of the few remaining country lanes in Ontario.+

 PW 1-13 240 Centre Street Niagara Seminary for Young Ladies

At the corner, turn right on Centre Street. +

 FN 1-13 Stone marker opposite 1702 York Road

You are passing the stone marker where the British troops, led by Major General Roger Hale Sheaffe, ascended Queenston Heights and then moved eastward to confront the Americans during the Battle of Queenston Heights.First nations forces were instrumental +

 FN 5-14 Pauline Johnson Bench on the Bench

Pauline Johnson was the daughter of the Mohawk chief, George Johnson, and Emily Susanna Howells, an American who was originally from England. Pauline Johnson had a truly unique perspective of both cultures.+

 FN 2-11 Seven Dancers Stories from the Longhouse

This is the story of how seven young men dance into the sky to form the constellation known as The Pleiades.+

 OW 3-36 Home of Emma Currie

Right here was 98 King Street. This was Emma Currie"s home.The address actually no longer exists. The streetscape has changed dramatically since 1913. +

 NH 5-15 Important fish in Twelve Mile Creek

After an introduction by Caroline McCorimick, Larry McDermott, an Algonquin elder from the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, talks about the importance of fish species in the Twelve Mile Creek to the First Nations of this area.+

 OW 3-35 Emma Currie - Celebrating a Hometown Heroine

A Niagara native raised in St. Davids, Ontario, Emma Currie epitomized the progressive, forward thinking women of the late 19th century. Emma Currie is credited with producing the first factual and definitive portrayal of Laura Secord, who for part of her+

 PW 1-15 Janet Carnochan and St Andrews Presbyterian Church

St. Andrew"s Presbyterian Church is where Janet Carnochan taught Sunday school, raised funds for the church and numerous community missions, and was buried here in 1926.+

 OW 1-07: Dee Road Viewshed

Though otherwise quite featureless, few places in Niagara offer such a good unobstructed view of the Niagara Escarpment, Brock's Monument, the western edge of the village of Queenston, and Queenston Heights as does this open location among the fields and +

 VF 16a William and Susannah Steward House

This modest house at the southwest corner of John and Butler Streets was the homestead of Black settlers William and Susannah Steward, who lived in Niagara on the Lake from 1834 to 1847.+

 OW 1-08: Legend Meets Fact - Part 1: Mother and Wife

"I was a mother, and a wife. I tried to tell them - anyone would have done the same thing. If you hear something that"s bad - really bad - and you know something is about to happen that could harm your family, your community, your country – and maybe, j+

 NH 5-17 Water Blessing and Thanksgiving Address

If you look through the trees, to your left, you"ll see the narrow channel of the 12 Mile Creek.Here"s Santee Smith, to share more of her knowledge of the land, the water and its medicines, and you"ll also hear part of the Mohawk Thanksgiving Address.+

 FN 1-17 Bounty of the Niagara Escarpment Larry McDermott

To tell us about the extraordinary Niagara Escarpment landscape is Larry McDermott. Larry is Algonquin, from the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation. +

 FN 4-15 Entering Rotary Park

At the top of the hill, you will emerge from the pine stand and into Rotary Park. Turn left and follow the pathway to the circular stone structure bearing the big yellow and blue Rotary International monument.+

 FN 5-18 Warrior Encampment

As she walked this path Laura could have encountered native warrior hunting parties at any time. And it was around this location that she did indeed stumble upon a warrior encampment.+

 NH 5-18 Watersheds of Niagara

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 FN 1-18 First Contacts and Impressions Rick Hill

(photo courtesy McMaster University) Rick Hill +

 FN 4-16 Passing Rotary Logo

At this point, you should be right beside the large circular stone structure bearing the big yellow and blue Rotary International monument.+

 FN 5-19 Encountering Secord

Rick Hill provides an account of Laura Secord"s encounter with Native warriors on June 23rd, 1813.+

 FN 1-19 Arrival of the British Colonial Seat of Authority Indian Council House

It was the late 17th century, and settlers were arriving, looking for a better future. They all wanted land. Newcomers were welcomed, and indigenous knowledge and land were shared. In the end, it would be for a price. But the British and the Native Nation+

 OW 3-31 Harriet Tubman Bust and British Methodist Episcopal Church

The British Methodist Episcopal Church, also known as Salem Chapel was founded in 1820 in the heart of old St. Catharines, by African-American freedom seekers. Salem Chapel was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1999, and is marked outside b+

 PW 1-18 Fort Mississauga and the Mississauga Lighthouse

​On the grounds of Ft Mississauga the Mississauga Lighthouse once stood. It was built in 1804 and was the first lighthouse on the great lakes. The lighthouse was damaged in the Battle of Fort George, in 1813, and demolished by the British in 1814 when t+

 OW 1-11: Legend Meets Fact, Part 2: Great Barrington to Upper Canada

"James"s family - the Secords - had arrived in St. Davids when James was only three years old.The Secords were some of the first Loyalists to come here. They were forced to leave the new United States. And they were looking for protection. They found it u+

 PW 1-19 The Story of Mary Henry

Barbary Worthy tells the story of Mary Henry, one of the courageous women who lived in Upper Canada at the time of Laura Secord.+

 FN 1-20 Skills of a Warrior Rick Hill

As you walk through these woodlands, imagine how the warriors used these trails to hunt and to defend their people. Rick Hill reflects on the skills of a warrior as described in the journals of John Norton, an adopted native warrior who led the aboriginal+

 FN 2-15 Descending slope Intro Maple Syrup Stories from the Longhouse

As you walk through these mixed woods you will hear the Cayuga story of how the maple tree provided the gift of life to our native ancestors, when they discovered the power of its sweet juices.+

 FN 4-18 Niagara Escarpment and Its Cultural Significance

Maja Bannerman (as Laura Secord) and Santee Smith talk about the cultural importance of the Niagara Escarpment landscape.+

 FN 1-21 Native Warriors at Queenston Heights

(photo courtesy McMaster University) Rick Hill +

 NH 5-21 The Bridge at Lauras Crossing

To commemorate the bicentennial of Laura"s trek, and to provide the public with a means of crossing 12 Mile Creek without getting their feet wet, the Friends of Laura Secord worked to get a pedestrian bridge designed and built in this significant location+

 NH 1-19 Natural Bounty of the Niagara Escarpment - Larry McDermott

Caroline McCormick and Barbara Worthy introduce Larry McDermott, an Algonquin elder from the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation, and a member of the Turtle Clan. Larry describes the geology, ecozones, and the incredible natural bounty of the Niagara Escarpmen+

 FN 1-22 The Path to Grand River Rick Hill

In return for their loyalty to the Crown, they were "granted" a tract of land along the Grand River in 1784. However, it began to be eroded by outside interests almost immediately, and is now a tiny fraction of its former size.+

 Bridge at Laura's Crossing

To commemorate the bicentennial of Laura"s trek, and to provide the public with a means of crossing the creek without getting their feet wet, the Friends of Laura Secord worked to get a pedestrian bridge designed and built in this auspicious location. The+

 FN 5-24 Victory at Beaverdams

On June 24, 1813, approximately 800 American soldiers were dispatched from Fort George to capture the British outpost at Decew House. Laura Secord was able to reach Fitzgibbon before the Americans to deliver her warning. And the next day, at Beaver Dams, +

 GN 4-16 Rotary Park

Rotary Park in St. Catharines is a landmark and Stage 4/5 waystation along the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Laura Secord passed near the area on her historic trek from Queenston to Decew House.+

 NH 1-22 Animal life of the Niagara Escarpment - Larry McDermott

Larry McDermott describes the small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and bird life found along the length of the Niagara Escarpment.+

 FN 2-18 Intro Maid of the mist story English

Listen to a traditional Haudesnaunee story about how a giant snake battles with Thunder Being to form the magnificent waterfalls at Niagara, a mere ten kilometres to the south west of here.+

  Ohwahda Otsehsda Tsagayo (The Maple Syrup Story) - Cayuga

Ohwahda Otsehsda Tsagayo (Squirrels and Maple Syrup) - Cayuga Media Clip SC61. How did First Nations peoples first learn about harvesting the sweet syrup of the maple tree? The squirrels provided a clue... (in Cayuga)+

 FN 1-25 Indian Ossuary

As Laura Secord left St. David"s, she passed by one of the largest Neutral Indian Burial Ground in Ontario, less than 500 metres south of your current position on the Laura Secord Legacy trail. Barbara Worthy tells us about it in this audio vignette. +

 FN 2-19 First Nations Metis and Inuit Garden

First Nations Gardens were planted near the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus wetlands at Niagara College to provide learning experiences for visitors, employees and students.+

 Maple Syrup Story - A Haudenosaunee Legend

Squirrels and Maple Syrup - A Haudenosaunee Legend. Media Clip SC55. How did First Nations peoples first learn about harvesting the sweet syrup of the maple tree? The squirrels provided a clue...+

 OW 3-24 Unpacking the Closet - Sarah Curzon, Laura Secord, and Early Feminism in Canada

Laura Secord"s accomplishments were meaningful and symbolic to women historians and feminists of the 19th century – and to none more than Sarah Anne Curzon, a forward-thinking and progressive early feminist author who immortalized the Secord story in 18+

 OW 1-18: Legend Meets Fact - Part 3: Settlers Life

"You can see how wild this land must have been. You can see it in the forests, and the bush now. This land was wild, untamed, and beautiful.The Indians had been here for many years, and now we were moving in.The settlers were coming..."+

 GN 2-00 Guide to Stage 2 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail

This digital trail guide will automatically provide your mobile device with automatic turn-by-turn audio directions, live digital maps, and wayfinding cues for Stage 2 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail (Firemen"s Park to Niagara College). Used in conjuncti+

 VF 23 View towards Mississauga Beach across Royal Niagara Golf Club

The view towards Lake Ontario today is of the greens and fairways on the tranquil and well established Niagara on the Lake Golf Club - but if you look off into the distance, you can just make out the shoreline of Lake Ontario. The rocky shores in that are+

 OW 1-19: Legend Meets Fact: Part 4 - War Is Imminent

"In 1812, rumblings of war between the United States and Britain were everywhere.Niagara was about to become a major battlefield, in a war of loyalties, land and power, fought between nations old and new.For Laura and her family, it came all too soon...."+

 NH 1-26 Teasels Part 4

Barbara Worthy concludes the story of teasels, with overviews of the pioneer families who used them and the early industrialists who first cultivated the Teasel for commercial purposes.+

 NH 5-28 Beaverdams Creek and Decew Falls

In the steep valley below, on your right, flows Beaverdams Creek. You might not be able to see it very well, but this creek is a significant tributary stream that flows into Twelve Mile Creek, about one kilometre downstream from here. The most distinctive+

 PW 1-26 Fort Niagara and Betsy Doyle

Barbary Worthy tells the story of Betsy Doyle, a courageous American women who fought alongside the American forces in their battles with the British, then fled with her family on foot for more than 500 kilometres.+

 OW 1-20: Legend meets Fact: Part 5 - American Invasion

"It was 1813. Two great leaders had been killed – the Shawnee war chief, Tecumseh, and General Issac Brock.And the worst had happened. The Americans had taken over Fort George. The occupation of Upper Canada had begun."+

 Laura's Crossing


Laura's Crossing is a short section of Twelve Mile Creek where Laura Secord is believed to +

 OW 1-21: Legend Meets Fact: Part 6 - The Walk Begins

"The Americans pushed the British as far back as the Burlington Heights.But they didn"t chase them.Instead they settled in at Fort George.But they kept sentry posts throughout the area, they watched our homes, they took our guns. They took our boys. They +

 OW 1-22: Legend Meets Fact: Part 7 - The Niagara Wilderness

"The next morning before sunrise – June 22, 1813 –I walked out of my house.My five children were still sleeping.Flo and Pete were starting their chores.We wanted it to look like any other day..."+

 FN 5-32 Legacy of War Legacy of Peace Conclusion

So what did the war of 1812 mean to the Haudenosaunee? Here is Rick Hill looking at the legacy of conflict, and sharing his hopes for the future.+

 OW 1-23: Legend Meets Fact: Part 8 - The Message Delivered

"Yes…I was frightened…At times I could hardly breathe.And I didn"t allow myself to think.All I could do was concentrate on my next step, what was under my foot, not getting lost, and listening. Always listening."+

 VF 28 Fort Mississauga and the Coloured Corps

You are now on the site of Fort Mississauga, a British fortification dating back to 1814. Primary credit for its construction belongs to Captain Richard Pierpoint and his Black Loyalist colleagues, members of the so-called Coloured Corps. +

 Mississauga Point Lighthouse

Missisauga Point Lighthouse, constructed in 1804, was located on present-day Missisauga Beach, on the south shore of Lake Ontario within the grounds of what is now the Niagara on the Lake Golf Club. It was the first lighthouse on the Great Lakes. +

 NH 5-31A More about Decew Falls

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 FN 5-33 Decew House Heritage Park End of Divided Loyalties Tour

You are now arriving at Decew House Heritage Park. This is the end of Stage Five, and the end of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. +

 Flames of War trailer

Trailer for a 40 minute, 3 screen Son et Lumiere production recounting the war of 1812 and the attempted invasion of Canada by the United States. +

 NH 5-31B Morningstar Mill

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 Teasels, Textiles, and Tribulations

Despite more than two centuries of modernization, there are still occasional relicts in the landscape which harken back to our pioneer past. One of these is the humble teasel, a spiny thistle-like plant that still grows alongside the Laura Secord Legacy T+

 OW 1-26: Legend Meets Fact: Part 9 - Native Victory

"On June 24, the Americans marched into an ambush. They were led by Colonel Charles Boerstler. And there were maybe 700 of them. They were met at Beaver Dams by the Grand River warriors, led by John Brant and William Johnson Kerr, with Mohawks from Kahnaw+

 OW 3-16 Mildred Peel story III - passing Victoria Lawn Cemetery

As you walk along Queenston Road you"ll find yourself walking past a vast cemetery. This is Victoria Lawn Cemetery, established in 1856 as the St. Catharines Cemetery and renamed after Queen Victoria in the early 1900s. As we pass the cemetery and its mon+

 OW 1-27: Legend Meets Fact: Part 10 - Old, Forgotten...Then Rediscovered

"There were many years after spent in silence. Not wanting to tell. We lived under the fear of another American invasion. Spies were shot. But soon, others started to speak, to share their stories. We were all due compensation. We had all lost so much..."+

 OW 1-28: Legend Meets Fact: Part 11- The Walk Into History

"They say I walked into history..."+

 NH 5-35 More about Decews Field

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 Dick's Creek

Dick"s Creek is named after Richard "Captain Dick" Pierpoint, an important black Loyalist settler and former slave who fought with the British against the American Continental Army in the early 1780s. Once a major waterway which defined St. Catharines, no+

 OW 1-29: Legend Meets Fact: -Part 12 - Credits

You have been listening to ,Laura Secord – Legend Meets Fact,, brought to you by the Friends of Laura Secord. Jennifer Phipps played the part of Laura Secord. Narration was by Barbara Worthy. +

 Chloe Cooley plaque

The Chloe Cooley plaque stands in mute testimony to a horrific chapter in Black history in Niagara. The plaque is located opposite 14936 Niagara Parkway, 3.1 km north of the York Road intersection, Queenston.+

 VF 32b2 Chloe Cooley Abduction

On March 14, 1793 Chloe Cooley, an enslaved Black woman in Queenston, was bound, thrown in a boat, and sold across the river, to a new owner in the United States. Her screams and violent resistance were brought to the attention of Governor John Graves Sim+

 PW 1-29 St Marks Anglican Church and Elizabeth Campbell

Barbary Worthy tells the story of Elizabeth Campbell, the widow of Fort Major Donald Campbell, who lived through the burning of Newark in 1813.+

 Victory at Beaverdams

Rick Hill describes the role of First Nations forces in the decisive and pivotal Battle of Beaverdams - Media Clip SC36B.+

 BH 3-51 Harriet Tubman School and Statue

Harriet Tubman School was opened in 2015. In front of the school is an exceptional bronze sculpture of the famed abolitionist and civil rights leader. "Sculpting Harriet Tubman - The Creative Process" provides an overview of the creation of this enduring +

 OW 3-10 Mildred Peel II -The famous bronze bust of Laura Secord

The Mildred Peel bust of Laura Secord that adorns her grave in Drummond Hill Cemetery still stands as a precedent-setting recognition of the exploits of Laura Secord in particular, and of Canadian women in general. +

 PW 1-33 Conclusion approaching the Parks Canada Agora

You have arrived back at your starting point, at the Parks Canada Agora, and car park.Thank you for joining us on the Laura Secord Interactive Tour. We hope you"ve enjoyed discovering the history and stories of some of this area"s wonderful pioneering wom+

 VF 34 Niagara Masonic Lodge No. 2 - NOTL

The full sitting council of the Parliament of Upper Canada regularly met at the Freemason Lodge in Newark (Niagara-on-the-Lake). The Parliament of Upper Canada under Lieutenant Governor Sir John Graves Simcoe, drafted and passed the first legislation in t+

 Bronze Busts and Bearded Ladies I - Mildred Peel's Artistic Legacy

Creating an artistic likeness of a person which captures the essence of their personality and accomplishments is a challenging undertaking. Laura Secord"s strength, determination and resourcefulness were beautifully captured in the famous 1901 bronze bust+

 OW 3-07 Mildred Peel I - Continue walking along the sidewalk on Taylor Road

Continue walking along the sidewalk on Taylor Road. As you walk along this rather featureless concrete sidewalk, Barbara will capture your imagination, with a story of a little-known woman who was monumental in both a literal and a figurative sense: sculp+

 Path to Grand River: the Six Nations Reserve

Indigenous peoples from the Grand River area would travel along the ancient Iroquois Trail to reach their home west of the Niagara region. The area is now known as the Six Nations reserve, the largest in Canada. Rick Hill tells the story of betrayed trus+

 VF 36 John Graves Simcoe monument - Simcoe Park, NOTL

John Graves Simcoe (Feb 25, 1752 – Oct 26, 1806) was a British army officer and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada from 1791 to 1796. His Legislature was instrumental in introducing institutions such as courts of law, trial by jury, English c+

 Brock's Monument, Queenston Heights

Gabriella Currie-Ziegler tells the story of the Brock Monument. (Clip: Sc7 Brock Monument Queenston Heights Oct 25 2015.m4a)+

 Laura Secord Monument, Queenston Heights

David T. Brown describes the origins of the Laura Secord Monument at Queenston Heights. (Clip: Sc6 Monument Queenston Heights Oct 25 2015.m4a)+

 GN 3-00 Guide to Stage 3 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail (Niagara College to Rodman Hall)

This digital trail guide will automatically provide your mobile device with automatic turn-by-turn audio directions, live digital maps, and wayfinding cues for Stage 3 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail (Niagara College to Rodman Hall). Used in conjunction +

 VF 39 Voices of Freedom Park - Niagara on the Lake

The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake has set aside a significant site in the heart of the Old Town to understand, celebrate, and honour its Black history. Voices of Freedom is an experiential art installation designed to engage, educate, and challenge visitors+

 Introduction to the Laura Secord Legacy Trail

Content: SC1 Intro audio and video+

 Secord in Song: Tanglefoot

In 2004, Joe Grant and Steve Ritchie, members of the popular Canadian folk ensemble Tanglefoot, wrote a memorable original song about Laura Secord which has become the unofficial walking anthem for the Laura Secord Legacy Trail.+

 OW 3-00 Introduction to Monumental Women Tour

On this tour, Barbra Worthy will introduce you to a few of the most impressive women associated with the City of St. Catharines and the Laura Secord story. It runs between Niagara College in Niagara on the Lake, and Rodman Hall in St Catharines, for a dis+

 Unpacking the Closet - Sarah Curzon, Laura Secord, and Early Feminism in Canada

Laura Secord"s accomplishments were meaningful and symbolic to women historians and feminists of the 19th century – and to none more than Sarah Anne Curzon, a forward-thinking and progressive early feminist author who immortalized the Secord story in 18+

 Navy Hall - NOTL

Navy Hall served as the first seat of government for the Executive Council of Upper Canada. It was the location where some of the first legislative steps were made towards the eventual abolition of slavery in the British Commonwealth, making Upper Canada+

 Celebrating a Hometown Heroine: Emma Currie and the Story of Laura Secord

A Niagara native raised in St. David's, Ontario, Emma Currie epitomized the progressive, forward thinking women of the late 19th century, becoming active in the cultural and social life of her community and creating public opportunities for the intellectu+

 VF 44 You are now approaching the Niagara Historical Society Museum, and the end of this tour

You"re now approaching the Niagara Historical Society Museum, and the end of this tour.+

 Freedom Park and The Crossing

Freedom Park was established in October, 2000, to mark this location that is so important to Black history, the Underground Railroad, and the important transportation legacy of the Niagara River. Freedom Park PlaquePrior to US emancipation, many Blacks se+

 Niagara Courthouse and Gaol (1817) - Solomon Moseby Affair

Direct quote from Solomon Moseby article, Tubman Institute, York University:(http://tubman.info.yorku.ca/educational-resources/breaking-the-chains/niagara/solomon-moseby/)p style=""+

 BH 3-38-39 Harriet Tubman Bust and BME Church

The British Methodist Episcopal Church, also known as Salem Chapel was founded in 1820 in the heart of old St. Catharines, by African-American freedom seekers.alem Chapel was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1999, and is marked outside by +

 Bronze Busts and Bearded Ladies, Part III: Hubby’s Whiskers and Mother’s Face: The (slightly scandalous) Mildred Peel Portrait of Laura Secord

There was always something a bit strange about the 1905 portrait of Laura Secord painted by Canadian artist Mildred Peel...+

 Julia Defield - Women in Laura Secord's World

Julia Defield is renowned for her heroism in saving British military commander Captain James Fitzgibbon from marauding American soldiers who had invaded her home on the Portage Road (now Main Street) near Lundy"s Lane. Audio clip SC26.+

 GN 5-00 Guide to Stage 5 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail (Rotary Park to Decew House Heritage Park)

This digital trail guide will automatically provide your mobile device with automatic turn-by-turn audio directions, live digital maps, and wayfinding cues for Stage 5 of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail (Rotary Park to Decew House Heritage Park). Use in con+

 BH 3-30 Richard Pierpoints Later Life

As we walk past the original location of his St. Catharines homestead along Dick"s Creek, Rosemary Sadlier, Santee Smith, and Caroline McCormick tell us about Richard Pierpoint"s life after the War of 1812, and his eventual move to Garafraxa Township, nea+

 BH 3-29 Dicks Creek

Dick"s Creek is named after Richard "Captain Dick" Pierpoint, an important black Loyalist settler and former slave who fought with the British against the American Continental Army in the early 1780s. Once a major waterway which defined St. Catharines, no+

 BH 3-27 Richard Pierpoint Plaque

The Richard Pierpoint plaque is a landmark along the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Pierpoint was an important figure in the War of 1812, instrumental in the creation of the "Colored Corps", a regiment that played a major role in battles like the Battle of Q+

 Anthony Burns Plaque and Gravesite

Anthony Burns was born a slave in 1834 in Virginia. He escaped, but was captured under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and tried in Boston. He was eventually ransomed from slavery, went to college, became a minister, and went to St. Catharines as a preache+

 BH 3-22 Black Settlement in St Catharines

St. Catharines was the final terminus on the Underground Railroad for hundreds of slaves in the 1800s. The Underground Railroad and Niagara"s Freedom Trail was a network of people who hid and guided black slaves as they fled the United States and headed n+

 Richard Pierpoint plaque

The Richard Pierpoint plaque is a landmark along the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Pierpoint was an important figure in the War of 1812, instrumental in the creation of the 'Colored Corps', a regiment that played a major role in battles like the Battle o+

 BH 3-18 Reverend Anthony Burns Plaque and Gravesite at Victoria Lawn Cemetery

You"ll see a plaque here, dedicated to Anthony Burns, who was buried here in 1862. He was a central figure in the furor surrounding the controversial 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.+

 Richard Pierpoint - A Niagara Hero

Richard Pierpoint - A Niagara Hero. Rosemary Sadlier describes the arrival of Richard Pierpoint in Niagara, and his settlement in St. Catharines. Media Clip SC38 with music.+

 BH 3-17 You are now passing Victoria Lawn Cemetery

As you walk along Queenston Street you"ll find yourself walking past a vast cemetery. This is Victoria Lawn Cemetery, established in 1856 as the St. Catharines Cemetery and renamed after Queen Victoria in the early 1900s.There are now more than 79,000 sou+

 BH 3-00 Fighting for Freedom Tour Introduction

Welcome to Stage three of the Laura Secord Legacy Trail..On this stage of the trail, we"ll be exploring aspects of this region"s rich Black history, and stories that merit a far wider appreciation.+