Laura Secord Homestead Niagara Falls

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Home of Canada’s Most Famous Heroine

During the war of 1812, a brave woman set out on a perilous journey in the service of her country and stepped forever into the history and folklore of Niagara. Travel back in time to the lovingly restored Laura Secord Homestead and be enchanted by stories of her adventures and surroundings as interpreted by authentically costumed guides.

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Guided tours are provided by qualified costumed interpreters, providing information about this historic house and the history of the area. Light refreshments, ice cream, Laura Secord chocolates and a selection of quality souvenirs are available.

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The Laura Secord Homestead was:

  • the residence of Canadian heroine Laura Secord from 1803 to 1835;
  • ransacked by invading American soldiers during the Battle of Queenston Heights in October of 1812, during the War of 1812;
  • the starting point of Laura Secord’s perilous 32-kilometre (20 mile) journey to warn the British of an imminent American surprise attack in June of 1813 during the War of 1812;
  • restored and furnished with original furniture by the Laura Secord Candy Company in 1971 and gifted to The Niagara Parks Commission in 1998
Laura Secord Homestead. Picture courtesy of Niagara Parks

Laura Secord Homestead. Picture courtesy of Niagara Parks

After spending a busy couple of days in Niagara Falls, I was looking for something on the slower side before heading home. My teens have always expressed an interest in history so I thought visiting the Laura Secord Homestead would be perfect. Located just past the Butterfly Conservatory on Queenston St in a residential neighbourhood about 20 minutes from the falls was this beautiful piece of history.  We entered through the store and were told our tour would begin in 20 minutes. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and happy to answer our questions. we went through each room of the house and saw a glimpse into this brave woman’s life.

Learning about her family and their triumphs was an amazing experience. I appreciated the unique way the staff would tell a story and keep it interested and family friendly. No graphic details needed when you have little children. As you can imagine, this time during and before the war was a difficult time.

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If you enjoy history or are looking for something different to do while you visit Niagara Falls, check out the Laura Secord Homestead. Parking is free and children under five are free. 

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Little one trying out the loom and weaving some tea towels. Her feet could not reach the bottom 🙂

Read more about the Laura Secord homestead and the other Niagara Parks attractions online

Comments

  1. I love history and seeing it come to live like that has a way of making it 'stick'! a great experience for the whole family!
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  2. theknitwitbyshair says:

    It's a fun place! Of course growing up in that area we had to go on school trips and such. But I always found it so interesting.
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  3. I love historical sites and learning more about history. Growing up, I always knew Laura Secord for the chocolates and when I finally started to understand the "Part of Our Heritage" commercials that ran I was shocked. What an amazing woman.
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  4. I never knew that was in Niagara. Thanks Kim for letting me know. I am usually in that area a couple of times a year so I'll have to drop by next time I am there. I love 'pioneer village' tourist sites.
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  5. This looks so neat! It's actually a place we haven't yet visited, and will definitely have to check out next time we're in Niagra. I love learning about the history of places, and I'm sure my kids would enjoy it 🙂 It's even more fun when it's interactive for the kids!

  6. mommakoala says:

    Do you know how many times I have driven by this place. I should really pop in and see it. It is part of our history
    (Debbie W)

  7. Christy Martin says:

    I visited so many years ago and really should make a stop the next time I am in the Niagara area. I used to love smaller museums like this, but these days we tend to skip over them as we are always on the direct mission of point A to B. Thanks for the reminder!

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