An Ode To Rugged Individualism And The War Of Grindstone Island

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Sackets Harbor played pivotal roles in fighting War of 1812

STEPHEN SWOFFORD n WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES British troops advance on the American troops during a reenactment of the war of 1812 Saturday afternoon in Sackets Harbor.

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British troops advance on the American troops during a reenactment of the war of 1812 Saturday afternoon in Sackets Harbor.

Apparently, I am not alone in this as I’ve read that the majority of the British populace doesn’t much remember the War of 1812 either. The British history books tend to only mention it briefly, and even then in the context of the Napoleanic Wars instead of a war of its own right.

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Wall Street Journal highlights Sackets Harbor, 1000 Islands

A Wall Street Journal feature about vacationing around Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes included Sackets Harbor and other north country settings as “shore bets” that were “great lakeside getaways for whatever floats your boat.” [Read more…]

Town of Croghan holding 175th anniversary events April 9

The town of Croghan will celebrate 175 years on April 9 with a reception and presentation on the military hero after whom it was named. [Read more…]

Catholic Church in Croghan undergoing $1.4m ceiling restoration project

CROGHAN —  While this small village in northern Lewis County may be best known for its bologna, its most visible landmark is likely St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church. [Read more…]

Sackets Harbor tourism rates up in 2012, linked to the War of 1812 bicentennial

SACKETS HARBOR — The village saw more visitors in 2012, coinciding with several War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations.

So far this year, the village’s visitors center has seen approximately 8,500 people, surpassing the 7,920 who stopped by the center in 2011.

“I think it’s been a very good year,” said Gail S. Gorgen, manager of the center. “I think Sackets is really coming up with some great things to draw people here.”

The visitor numbers at the center are similar to those in 2010, when about 9,500 people stopped at the center, coinciding with a busy summer that included the village hosting the annual North American War of 1812 Grand Tactical re-enactment, an event that drew several thousand visitors and participants.

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