Views of Fort Wellington and the St Lawrence River at Prescott, Ontario. From You Tube.
The WAR OF 1812 soon broke out and the first Fort Wellington was built here and used as the base for an attack on Ogdensburg, NY. The blockhouse (1838, built during the REBELLIONS OF 1837) has been restored and made part of FORT WELLINGTON NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. The stone windmill (1822), which served as a makeshift fort for rebels during the bloody BATTLE OF THE WINDMILL, has been preserved nearby.
Prescott prospered as a goods transfer point because of its location where the rapids interrupted transportation traffic. By the 1850s, it was the southern terminus of a railway line to Bytown [Ottawa] and was located on the GRAND TRUNK RAILWAY. Distilleries and breweries were an important part of Prescott’s economy until the early 1900s. Today the economy is based on light manufacturing and transportation industries. The weekly newspaper is the Prescott Journal.
Links to Other Sites
Fort Wellington National Historic Site
The website for Fort Wellington National Historic Site in Ontario. Features an illustrated overview of the War of 1812, the 1837 rebellions, and related topics. From Parks Canada.
The website for the Town of Prescott, located on the St. Lawrence River. Click on "Tourism" for a history of this industrious Ontario community.
About British and American gunboats that served on all marine fronts during the War of 1812, including the Atlantic coast as well as on the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain and the St. Lawrence River. From Parks Canada.
War Along the Upper St. Lawrence and the Canadian Regiment, 1812-1814
This article chronicles various conflicts between British and American forces that occured in the St Lawrence River region during the War of 1812. From the "War of 1812" Magazine.