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Newfane in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail

Murphy Orchards Peace Garden

 

—Dedicated June 1, 2012 —

 
Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 28, 2014
1. Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail Marker
Inscription.
War of 1812 Battles Were Fought Upon the Land of This Farm


Arriving in 1807, James McClew was among the first handful of non-Native American settlers to come to this area. Only a few pioneers had settled in what is now the Town of Newfane before 1812. All clustered around Hopkins Creek, which flows through the land of this farm, Eighteen-Mile Creek, the easterly boundary of the property, or the Lake Ontario shoreline near the mouths of these two creeks.

During the War of 1812, British ships are known to have anchored at the mouth of Eighteen-Mile Creek to enable soldiers to row up the Creek in small boats to seek out and attack pioneer settlers. The local settlers lived in terror of the marauding groups of British soldiers from Canada and accompanying Naive American, who would

"march upon them to burn, murder and devastate. The inhabitants took from their houses and little barns everything they could spare, storing them in shelters they built in the thickets out of sight, leaving them there for weeks and months,"

Souvenir history of Niagara County, New York, Niagara County Pioneer Association, 1902.

Archeological evidence indicates that portions of the stone foundation of our barn are much older than the wooden superstructure that you see today, which was built in 1850, indicating
Back of Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 28, 2014
2. Back of Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail Marker
that an older barn once existed on the site. It may well be that the concealed room beneath our barn was originally built by the McClew family as just such a secret hiding place for their provisions and for themselves, before it was later put into use to hide people trying to escape from slavery in the United States and seeking freedom - and peace - in Canada.

Peaceful Reward for Fruitful Labors
There is no peace or satisfaction more profound than that of a man of the soil overlooking the results of a day well spent in hard, productive labor conducted in harmony with the living earth.

Four generations of the McClew family farmed this land, contemplated the beauty and intricacy of life, and celebrated the joy and dignity of hard physical work. In their endeavors, they weighed choices, and learned to treat their fellow men as they treated their land and plants - with understanding, moral conviction and social responsibility.

Building A Binational Legacy: A Permanent Trail Linking Canadian & U.S. Heritage, Architecture & Garden Sites & Events.
 
Location. 43° 17.943′ N, 78° 43.527′ W. Marker is in Newfane, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from McClew Road 0.6 miles north of Ide Road. Touch for map. Marker is to the left and beyond the brick house.
The Brick Outhouse image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 28, 2014
3. The Brick Outhouse
As seen in the previous picture.
This property is currently Murphy Orchards. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2402 McClew Road, Burt NY 14028, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. McClew Farm (a few steps from this marker); Home of James Van Horn (approx. one mile away); First Baptist Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Roller Mill (approx. 1.6 miles away); One Country and One Flag (approx. 2.7 miles away); Olcott Beach (approx. 2.8 miles away); Tom Kelly Rustic Theatre (approx. 2.8 miles away); Kiddie Whistle Pig Ferris Wheel (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newfane.
 
More about this marker. The web site on the marker is not accurate and is omitted from this panel.
 
Also see . . .  Murphy Orchards. Current property business. (Submitted on November 6, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Rear of Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 28, 2014
4. Rear of Binational Heritage Peace Garden Trail Marker
Rear and south side of the brick farm house. The garden appeared to be essentially taken down, probably for the season, when I visited. No picture taken.
McClew Farm House - Northward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, October 28, 2014
5. McClew Farm House - Northward
The house burned in 1979, hence the boarded window openings on the second floor.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 6, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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