Oakwood Cemetery Commemorates War of 1812
July 12, 2012 at 9:23 AM
The historic Oakwood Cemetery (763 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14301), the second oldest cemetery in Western New York, commemorates the War of 1812 in conjunction with the Main Street Business and Professional Association 2nd Annual Garden Walk on Saturday, July 14.
This is an opportunity for the public to witness a historic Congressional presentation, enjoy the Stunters Rest Tour, participate in a nature walk, participate in a special tree planting, and support the future plans of Oakwood Cemetery.
Sponsored by the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission's “cross-border” cemetery program, partnered with the Drummond Hill Cemetery.
9am Gates Open
9:15am Welcome Ceremony - Larry Steele, OC Administrator
9:25am Congressional Medal of Honor presentation regarding Gen. Porter - Warren Baltes, Buffalo
9:45am 1812 Re-enactors
10am Stunters Rest Guided Tour with re-enactors
11am Nature Tour with John Farfaglia, Horticultural educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension.
11:45am Maple Tree planting
“Stunters Rest” Guided Tour
Visit some of Niagara's most colorful characters who preformed stunts at Falls. Oakwood Cemetery's "Where the Stunters Rest" Tour will take you to meet Annie Edson Taylor face to face. Join her and visit Carlisle Graham, Capt. Matthew Webb, and Francis Abbott (the Hermit of Niagara). Learn of their adventures, and capture the excitement they caused. Docent: Michelle Kratts. Admission is $5.
Nature Walk with John Farfaglia, Horticultural Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension
Identify tree species, in particular, deciduous shade trees. Brochures will be provided, along with a question and answer period. The tour is a fairly easy walk of approximately 40 - 45 minutes along the cemetery lanes. Contact info for Mr. Farfaglia at 716-433-8839 ext 226, or email@example.com for additional information.
Maple tree planting
Symbolizes the cross-border connection between the Oakwood Cemetery on the US side and Drummond Hill Cemetery on the Canadian side.
Honeymoon Sweets of Niagara is offering a new line of chocolate to honor Niagara Falls stunters of the past. Niagara Daredevil Chocolates is the sweet concoction of local candy maker Mary Ann Hess. The unique, handmade chocolates can be purchased by at the event or by calling Oakwood Cemetery at 716.284.5131 or by going to Mary Ann's website.
A portion of the proceeds to benefit Oakwood Cemetery; Heart, Love and Soul Food Pantry; and the Lions Club of Niagara.
Michelle Blackley is the Communications Manager at Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation (NTCC). Besides having the pleasure of calling Western New York home, Michelle has lived throughout New York State, including New York City, and abroad in Dublin, Ireland. A Niagara County native, she is a globetrotter at heart. With a background in journalism, book publishing and publicity, she explores Niagara County to report its happenings on the Niagara USA blog. Please contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her @shellblackley.