A Day in Sackets Harbor

Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site

It was steaming up to a hot and humid day, and summer solstice had not yet come. We planned a short trip–three days and just three hours away. My husband and I headed to the St. Lawrence River, but made a stop here to see the battlefield site. Being history lovers, we found much to learn.

You will find that parking is free right in front of Lake Ontario.

There are some plank walkways to the wonderfully well-kept old buildings, and on the other side of the park are paths through trees, grasses and wild flowers. There is a pavilion you can rent, including several picnic tables.

If you go in the gift shop,for a guided tour through the Commandant’s house, you can pay a mere $3.00 per adult, $2 student or senior, and children 12 and under are free.  It is worth your time and takes about ½ hour.

Information markers

After the outbreak of the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor became the hub of Naval operations on Lake Ontario. Living in barracks with the cold and misery of winter, dysentery and other sicknesses, the soldiers were often very ill.

The British took over the nearby Horse Island…and the rest of the history I will let you discover.

The barracks stood in this nearby field.


Commandant’s house


Ladies tea room


Great views from in the house


Laundry done in the cellar in winter


If you love history, I bet there are a hundred books on history related to the war of 1812 in that bookstore. They do have the usual gifts and postcards, but also some unique and local art as well.

Field monument
An educational building about ships


Ship hammocks

I highly recommend visiting this park if you are in the New York state region of Lake Ontario.  It’s a great day trip for your family.


The website: https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/7/details.aspx


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