Niagara Gazette — The 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 has come with the speed of a British cannonball! Lewiston played an important role in the War of 1812 and its destiny was changed forever after it was burned to the ground in 1813.
The war’s impact will literally be brought to life this weekend as the dramatic and inspirational stories of the war’s impact will be presented by the Marble Orchard Players.
The award winning Marble Orchard has enthralled audiences of all ages. If Lewiston is the “Jewel of the Niagara,” the Marble Orchard is it’s most precious gem. Among the faces from the past they’ll present:
• Sacarissa, the venerable Tuscarora chief, who went to Canada to plead for peace, and who is still honored today by the Lewiston Independent Order of Odd Fellows who named their lodge after him.
• Lemuel Cooke was one of the first white settlers to build a cabin in Lewiston in the early 1800s. He will recall his harrowing escape from the British and Mohawk invaders when he was forced to shoot a Mohawk chief at point blank range to save his brothers’ life.
• The Gillette family will tell of the terror and tragedy their family suffered during the burning of Lewiston.
• Catherine Hustler, who became famous for inventing the ‘cocktail,’ will tell her version of the War of 1812 and the Millar family and the ‘Mudball Heros” will be introduced.
Like the legendary Phoenix, Lewiston rose from the ashes as it’s early settlers returned even more determined to rebuild their lives with a renewed pioneer spirit. Where did all those spirits go? No where ... they are still right here and you can meet them in all person at the gazebo.
The free performances will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Hennepin Park gazebo, Fourth and Center streets, Lewiston.
The Marble Orchard: Spirits of 1813 is sponsored by the Niagara River Greenway and the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area.