New War of 1812 guidebook features Ogdensburg, Massena sections
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 6:24 am

Travelers interested in America’s War of 1812 history now have a new 72-page, richly illustrated guidebook to lead them to historic sites in New York and elsewhere.

Seaway Trail has published “Waterways of War: The War of 1812, A Traveler’s Guide to the War of 1812 Forts, Battlefields and Historic Sites along America’s Byways in New York and Pennsylvania” by Steve Benson and Ron Toelke.

Several St. Lawrence County organizations contributed to the guidebook on historic sites in New York.

The book highlights sites on two federally-designated National Scenic Byways -- the 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania, and the 225-mile Lakes to Locks Passage along Lake Champlain and the Hudson River in New York.

The Midwest Book Review says the book is “Beautifully illustrated with full-color artwork and photography throughout, Waterways of War: The War of 1812 is a brief but enlightening traveler's guide to forts, battlefields, and historic sites.”

Community-specific chapters highlight historic 1812 sites including those in Ogdensburg and Massena. Among those contributing information, images and assistance to the book project are Fort La Presentation Association, Ogdensburg, the Potsdam Public Museum, the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, and Two Guys and a Camera.

Seaway Trail has also just released the second printing of a companion book, “Waterways of War: The Struggle for Empire 1754-1763, A Traveler’s Guide to the Forts and Battlefields along America’s Byways in New York and Pennsylvania.

For more information, contact Seaway Trail at 646-1000, ext. 203, orwww.seawaytrail.com.