Laura Secord Day

Tomorrow, June 21, is Laura Secord Day, which means free admission at the Laura Secord Homestead in Queenston, Ontario and several talks and performances on the property, including a presentation by historian David Hemmings about the Canadian heroine’s family history.

Activities will be held June 21, 2014 at the Laura Secord Homestead

Activities will be held June 21, 2014 at the Laura Secord Homestead

On June 21, 1813, during the War of 1812, three American soldiers went to the farm of Loyalist James Secord and his wife Laura and demanded lodging and supper. As the night wore on, the soldiers became rowdy and talkative and the Secords overheard the American plans for a surprise attack. Since Laura’s husband was still recovering from wounds suffered during the Battle of Queenston Heights, Laura walked 32 kilometres to warn the British forces of an impending American attack.

And we’ve been eating her chocolates since 1913…

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About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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One Response to Laura Secord Day

  1. jean paul belanger says:

    Bonjour Mme Dever. I am an avid reader of your a la carte explosions of information. It’s amazing! Can you help me with info on the underground railroad. I have a complete info on my father’s but little on my mother” side. My father had a genealogy completed in 1952 by Institut Drouin of Montreal. My mother, Margaret Reddy was always silent about her past. I eventually made contact with a distant cousin and she confirmed that we are related. It is my understanding that my mother’s ancestors may have come form the US early 1900? I went to Savannah Georgia, St Augustine, Flo. These places are and were most Africans were taken to become slaves etc. (spare you details). I understood that there were no records kept , info was passed on by word of mouth. Hope you can give me some guidance on this? Thank you.

    Jean Paul Belanger

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