Sackets Harbor

No fences mark the boundary between the village of Sackets Harbor and the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site on Lake Ontario in Jefferson County. Together they form the geographical center of this picturesque waterfront community. The site, with its expansive landscape, sweeping views of the lake, and historic features, encompasses one-third of the village and is significant for its critical role during the War of 1812 and subsequent use as a United States naval station. The National Park Service ranks the site as one of the nation’s top ten War of 1812 battlegrounds. National Landmark status is being sought. The seventy acre state historic site contains eleven structures, plus the nearby former Union Hotel building, and preserves the nationally significant battleground memorial park and the historic navy yard.

The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site is one of the region’s most valuable scenic and historic assets. The site tells the fascinating story of America’s courageous defense of its northern frontier during the War of 1812, its long use as a naval station, and later dedication as a War of 1812 memorial park.

The War of 1812 Bicentennial observance has already begun at Sackets Harbor with the launch of a DVD about the “Second Battle of Sackets Harbor,” which visitors view while touring the historic site.

New Memorial to the Crown Forces Groundbreaking

During the Battle of Sackets Harbor on May 29, 1813, approximately 50 British soldiers and sailors were killed and buried in an unknown grave on the Sackets Harbor Battlefield. The troops were members of the Royal Scots, Glengarry Light Infantry Fencibles, the 8th Foot, 100th Foot, 104th Foot, the Royal Newfoundland Fencibles, Nova Scotia Fencibles, Voltigeurs Canadiens, and Royal Navy. The monument’s main granite stone is surrounded by individual stones for each man killed, with his unit and rank noted. The monument commemorates these men and the cause they died for and also provides visitors with a better understanding of the shared heritage among the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The monument will be completed and dedicated in 2013.

For more information contact: 315-646-3634;; Admission: $3 adults, $2 seniors, military & students with ID, children under 12 yrs. free. Season schedule: Starting May 30 Wednesdays through Saturdays 10am to 5pm and Sundays 1-5pm until July 2nd then seven days a week through Aug. 19, then Wed. to Sunday through Sept. 3 Labor Day.