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Laura Ingersoll Secord 1775-1868

Laura Ingersoll Secord 1775-1868

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted August, 2004

Laura Ingersoll Secord 1775-1868

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted December, 2009

Plaque Location

The Region of Niagara
The Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
In Queenston, on the north side of Partition Street
just east of the Niagara Parkway

Coordinates: N 43 09.851 W 79 03.320


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Plaque Text

Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Laura Ingersoll came to Upper Canada with her father in 1795, and settled in this area. About two years later she married James Secord, a United Empire Loyalist, and within seven years they had moved to this site from nearby St. Davids. From here, during the War of 1812, Laura Secord set out on an arduous 30 km journey to warn the local British commander, Lieutenant James FitzGibbon, of an impending American attack. The courage and tenacity displayed on this occasion in June 1813 places her in the forefront of the province's heroines. Mrs. Secord's house, a simple frame building, was restored (1971-72), and remains as a memorial to the exceptional act of patriotism.

Another plaque at this location
Laura Secord (1775-1868)

Related Ontario plaques
United Empire Loyalists
The Burning of St. Davids 1814
Beaver Dams


War of 1812

Other Plaques in Queenston
The Colonial Advocate
Fort Drummond
The Founding of Queenston
Major John Richardson 1796-1852
The Queenston Baptist Church

Niagara-on-the-Lake Plaques

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> Posted June 23, 2015
This night in 1813, Laura Secord made her arduous journey from her Queenston home to De Cew House. To mark the bicentennial in 2013, the trek was reenacted and the public welcomed to participate. Those walks have become an annual event. For details, see www.friendsoflaurasecord.com. As part of the bicentennial effort, a new footbridge was constructed near where Secord crossed Twelve Mile Creek. There, a marker was affixed which reads:
The Bridge at Laura's Crossing
On June 22, 1813, Laura Secord crossed the swirling, rain-swollen waters of this creek to warn Lt. Jame FitzGibbon of an impending American attack. Her brave warning allowed Native warriors, Canadian militia, and British soldiers to intercept the American invaders at Beaverdams, turning the tide of the war and helping to protect the nation that we now know as Canada.
Two hundred years later, the Friends of Laura Secord joined with key benefactors and Canadians from all walks of life to create the Bridge at Laura's Crossing.
May all who cross here remember the legacy of Laura Secord, the First Nations peoples, and the countless other brave women and men whose labour, toil, battle and sacrifice gave rise to this great nation.
June 22, 2013
The Friends of Laura Secord are grateful to the following benefactors whose generosity made this bridge possible:
The Toby Family
Ontario Parks
City of St. Catharines
Rankin Construction Inc.
Suspension bridge design graciously supplied by the New Zealand Department of Conservation -Wayne

> Posted May 3, 2010
I'm doing a heritage fair project on her so it was useful info about her house and when she lived there etc. Thanks for the information

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