Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sackets Harbor, New York: Battlefield

The little village of Sackets Harbor probably is best known for a horse, at least for now. In 2003, Funny Cide captured the hearts of the horse racing world by winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Once was the Belmont was over, Sackets Harbor returned to being a cute little village on the edge of Lake Ontario.

It wasn't always so quiet. The entrance to the harbor was the scene of a battle during the War of 1812 between the Americans and the British. The 200th anniversary is coming up as of this writing. The base guarded the end of the lake as well as part of the St. Lawrence River. By the way, the Americans won.

The grounds have been preserved in tribute to those who died in the War of 1812, and the state runs it. There is a small visitors center. The grounds are a nice place to look out on to the lake and harbor, by the way.

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