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Lancaster to Inaugurate 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden

posted Aug 16, 2011, 2:03 PM by Dennis Hirschfelt   [ updated Aug 16, 2011, 2:05 PM ]

On Sunday, August 21, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead, 5976 Genesee Street at Pavement Road, Lancaster, NY, the public is invited to join Canadian Consul General Marta Moszczenska, Lancaster Supervisor Robert Giza, the Board of Trustees and volunteers of Hull House Foundation, “Carvings for a Cause” founder Therese Forton-Barnes, and invited guests from Canada and the U.S. involved in a variety of 1812 Bicentennial projects in dedicating the newest Peace Garden in WNY as part of the Bicentennial Art of Peace Garden Trail. 

The Peace Garden at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead will feature two significant “Carvings for a Cause” historic figures, National Weather Service founder General Albert Myer and Buffalo Mayor Ebenezer Walden (for whom nearby Walden Avenue is named), also to be dedicated on August 21. “Carvings for a Cause” was founded by Forton-Barnes in 2006 in response to the October storm that devastated Buffalo’s parks and trees; using the damaged tree trunks, chainsaw artists created numerous sculptures commemorating WNY’s historic personages as a fundraiser for planting replacement trees. 

The Bicentennial Art of Peace Garden Trail is an initiative undertaken by the Binational Economic & Tourism Alliance, Arts Councils, Cultural and Heritage Organizations and Community partners throughout the binational Southern Great Lakes Region to create a cross-border Peace Garden Trail by the launch of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 in June 2012. 

The Peace Garden Trail is designed to attract international visitors as well as residents of this historically-significant cross-border region to experience and enjoy the natural beauty that a garden provides while commemorating the peace that has existed between Canada and the United States over the past 200 years. The Peace Gardens will provide a wide variety of cultural programming year-round for residents and visitors to our area, and stand as a lasting legacy to the longest undefended border in the world and the friendship between our two countries. 

The Hull Family Home & Farmstead is anchored by the oldest stone residence in Erie County, c. 1810, currently undergoing restoration. Designed and built by Revolutionary War veteran Warren Hull, the home, listed on the National and NYS Registers of Historic Places, was witness to WNY’s settlement period including the War of 1812, and may have served as a refuge for residents fleeing the British burning of Buffalo in December 1813. The 25-acre Farmstead site in being developed as a Living History interpretive experience reflective of the 1810-1825 period when the Hull family first settled in WNY – an otherwise uninterpreted period of WNY’s heritage prior to the destiny-changing 1825 opening of the Erie Canal. 

The Peace Garden at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead, created entirely by volunteers, joins Black Rock, Youngstown, and Lewiston in WNY, and Grimsby, Amherstburg and Thamesville in Ontario, Canada as 1812 Peace Garden sites. More detailed information about these sites and the Peace Garden Trail are available at www.btapartners.com. 

The dedication ceremony on August 21 will take place at 2 p.m., followed by refreshments and tours of the historic c. 1810 home until 4 p.m. 

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Dennis Hirschfelt,
Aug 16, 2011, 2:04 PM
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