Laura Secord Homestead : Ghosts of War

Laura Secord Homestead Address – – 29 Queenston Street, Queenston Heights, Ontario, Canada – MAP

History of the Laura Secord Homestead

This was the humble home of famous Canadian heroine Laura Secord.

In October of 1812, the Americans came to Queenston and ransacked the town.  It was during this battle, the first attack at Queenston when the famed General Isaac Brock died.

Laura’s husband James Secord, a militia man, was one of those who carried the famed General’s body away from the violence.

The Americans took many homes, including the Laura Secord Homestead.

 

Outside the front of Laura Secord's Homestead - - Current Day
Front of the Laura Secord Homestead – – Current Day

She lived here from 1803 till 1835, right through the years of the War of 1812.  This home is where her famous hike begin, up the hill to warn the British soldiers began.

The Journey – –
Laura Secord walked from her house to what is now called the Decou House Monument.  Taken over as a command post by British Lieutenant James FitzGibbon.  He would be stationed here when a woman, stranger to the soldiers showed up in June of 1813.

Laura warns the British – – Captured in Lorne Smiths 1920 painting

With the American soldier camped out in her home at Queenston, Secord over heard them planning another attack on FitzGibbon at Beaver Dams (now location of the Decou Monument).

The British had only 46 men to stave off 500 Americans.  With Secord’s warning, they were able to gain the support of 300 Kahnawake natives and 100 Mohawks to ambush the advancing Americans.

See a Google Map of Laura Secord’s journey.  Over 20 kilometres of rough terrain, would take over 4 hours today on nice paved sidewalks and roads.

After the War of 1812, Laura lived a very long life.  With her husband James until he died in 1841.   She died 27 years later in 1868 at the age of 93 and is buried at Drummond Hill in Niagara Falls.

The Grave of Laura Secord - - Located at Niagara Fall's Drummond Hill Cemetery
The Grave of Laura Secord – – Located at Niagara Fall’s Drummond Hill Cemetery

In 1971, the Laura Secord Chocolate Company purchased the homestead and restored it.  They gifted it to Niagara Parks in 1998.

 

Ghosts of War

Historical tour guides in the house have heard voices.  Whispering, echoing sounds mostly from the second floor bedroom.  It’s also upstairs where many have seen woman inside one of the bedrooms standing by the bed.

James’s Pain – – 
After the battle of Queenston Heights, Laura’s husband James Secord was allowed to live and heal inside the now captured house.  In the master bedroom, Laura was one of those who tended to James’s wounds.

Denied any medical assistance, the pain must have been unbearable.  Extreme emotion such as this would leave residual energy on a place.  It’s true, as in this room witnesses have heard the cries of a man in extreme pain.

 

The Americans are back! – –
A visitor was looking around on the second floor.  It started with some rustling from downstairs, then louder and the guest stopped to hear a crash.  It sound like people were tearing the house apart.

Plates smashing, stuff being thrown about as the visitor slowly walked down the stairs.  He leaned over carefully to look into the kitchen, expecting to see damage but instead everything was fine.  A clean, perfectly organized room inside an empty house.

Take a tour of the Laura Secord Homestead – –
Get details through the Niagara Parks website