The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site is where history and living culture meet. The Sackets Harbor Battlefield is a beautiful sight to come explore with family and friends .
The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site is still a place where history happens .
Sackets Harbor's strategic location on the eastern end of Lake Ontario made it the only possible site for the American military command during the war of 1812. This natural harbor located in Haudenosaunee territory became a hub of activity for shipbuilding drawing thousands of personnel and a place to amass war material. So in northern New York Sackets Harbor became the site of both offensive and defensive actions during the war of 1812. Two engagements took place at Sackets Harbor 19th of July 1812 and May 29, 1813. It is the second battle that caused the National Park Service to rank the community as one of the top battle sites of the war. Over time New York state acquired additional battlegrounds including the Hall Farmstead and with assistance from the American Battlefield Trust the most recent land acquisition of Horse Island. When the War of 1812 ended the unfinished ship of the line the New Orleans was sheltered under a ship house, but the vessel would never set sail. A navy presence though remained and a series of navy commandants and their families called the navy yard home until 1878. The commandant's assistant lived in the lieutenant's house next door. By 1906 Mrs. Francis Metcalf became caretaker after her husband's death until the naval militia assumed the property as a seasonal training center. The US Navy abandoned the yard in the 1950s and eventually it transitioned into a New York State Parks Historic Site. The site centerpiece the Centennial Grove emerged from the community's traditional gathering place where they came together to celebrate patriotic events. In 1913 Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated a granite monument in the newly established tree grove where 100 maples are formerly planted in parallel rows. A rededication took place on the 100th anniversary in 2013.
The Sackets Harbor State Historic Site is where the past comes to life. Sackets Harbor State Historic Site is my favorite summer job and also one of my favorite spots to relax.