Near Fort Erie in Niagara Region, Ontario — Central Canada
Conestoga Wagon Trek
During the last two decades of the eighteenth century, many people, motivated by loyalty to the British Crown and fearing some aspects of the course being set by the new United States, sold prosperous farms in Pennsylvania and moved their possessions by conestoga wagon to Ontario. They entered the Niagara River at Black Rock, N.Y. and probably landed at or near this point. Many were German speaking people known as Pennsylvania Dutch. They came from Lancaster and neighbouring counties in Pennsylvania and settled in the Fort Erie area, Jordan, Vineland, the Markham area and Kitchener - Waterloo.
Their unconquerable courage and inflexible faith, together with hard work and much sacrifice, helped to establish many of the churches and the farming and business enterprises in this and other areas of the province of Ontario.
This marker was erected by persons who, in 1997, celebrated the 200th anniversary of their foreparents' journey from Pennsylvania to Ontario by re-enacting their trek.
Location. 42° 58.93′ N, 79° 1.462′ W. Marker is near Fort Erie, Ontario, in Niagara Region. Marker is on Niagara Parkway just south of Netherby Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This historical marker is affixed to a large rock, along side a walking path that runs both in-between and parallel to the Niagara Parkway to the west and the Niagara River to the east. It is just a very short distance south of the Netherby Road intersection and north of the mouth of Black Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Erie, Ontario L2E 6S6, Canada.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ebenezer Community (approx. 1.7 kilometers away); Disaster at Eagle Park (approx. 3.8 kilometers away in the U.S.); Restoring Nature (approx. 5.5 kilometers away in the U.S.); For the Birds (approx. 5.5 kilometers away in the U.S.); Bedell House 1877 - 1935 (approx. 6.6 kilometers away in the U.S.); Navy Island (approx. 6.9 kilometers away); Grover Cleveland & Grand Island/Lewis F. Allen & Western New York (approx. 7.2 kilometers away in the U.S.); Allenton Farm/Creating Beaver Island State Park (approx. 7.3 kilometers away in the U.S.).
Also see . . .
1. Conestoga Wagons Trek From Lancaster. This is a link to information provided by Google News (Submitted on June 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
2. Speech for Boehm's Chapel Day, June 22, 1997. This is a link to information provided by the ancestry.com website. (Submitted on June 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 463 times since then. Last updated on August 2, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 20, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.