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Battlefield House Museum & Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of the first houses to be built in Stoney Creek, Battlefield House was the home of the Gage family from 1796 until 1835. During these settlement years of the early 19th century, James and Mary Gage cleared and worked the land with their ten children and became well-known for their warm hospitality. The War of 1812 had a direct impact on the Gage family as they found themselves confined to their home when American soldiers occupied their land when a battle broke out during the early morning hours of June 6, 1813. The resulting British victory at the Battle of Stoney Creek was crucial in helping to prevent the Americans from seizing Upper Canada. Less than one hundred years later, in 1899, Sara Calder, grand-daughter of James and Mary Gage and first president of the Women's Wentworth Historical Society, led the purchase and preservation of the homestead. Further recognition of the significant event that took place on this property came in the year 1913, when the 100-foot tall Battlefield Monument was opened, standing as a symbol of peace and commemorating those soldiers who died at the Battle of Stoney Creek.
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Go here to learn about the Gage Family by going to the museum. Learn also about this site of the war of 1812 (Battle of Stoney Creek--re-enactments are in June). Enjoy the majestic monument behind the house, the lovely gardens, the Jackson house and picnic areas.

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Reviewed 24 August 2017

Having just visited Dundurn Castle earlier in the day and the small Hamilton Military Museum located in that fine estate's gatehouse, had to come here to see where the Battle of Stoney Creek took place. It is also very interesting to compare this more modest (although still quite nice for the period) house to that lavish mansion.

The interior of the house and interior of the battlefield monument can only be visited via a guided tour. While the tour itself takes about 30 minutes, the staffing is limited so there can be quite a wait in the visitor center for the next tour to start - indeed we spent more time waiting than actually touring which is one reason we gave this a four star review.

Don't be mistaken because we have nothing to complain about the actual tour. The guide was friendly and gave an interesting account of both the house's history and even many aspects of the battle itself - she brought up most of the key points and was even a little apologetic that the Americans were defeated.

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Very interesting, with lots of history to learn about. The park and gardens are lovely. The monument is a must to see.

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Reviewed 20 July 2017

As an American, I have been told that we never lost a war until the Vietnam War. However, after visiting the Battlefield Gouse Museum and Park, it became clear that at best the War of 1812 was a tie, and at worst (for the US) it was a loss - since the goal of the war was to drive the British out of Canada and that did not happen. This very comprehensive historical museum depicts the War of 1812 and the Battle of Stoney Creek (which took place a few yards (meters) from here. The excelent film goes on for a way too long three hours, but is worthwhile to watch for at least an hour or so, if you have the time. After visiting the museum, do not miss the statue marking the spot where most soldiers on both sides lost their lives about 1500 feet (500 meters) away on the other side of the highway and down the road a bit. The spiral engraving in the concrete foundation lists the names of all those killed in the Battle of Stoney Creek. It was fun walking into the spiral and reading all the names.

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

The participants in the re-enactment were all very friendly and eager to talk about their travels; the battle was very authentic - the young fellow with me was really impressed with the Indians lurking on the out skirts of the battle .

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Susan R, Manager at Battlefield House Museum & Park, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Thank you for attending the annual Re-enactment of the Battle of Stoney Creek. The event is held each year to commemorated the Battle of Stoney Creek of June 6, 1813 and to acknowledge the men that gave their lives during the conflict. The Re-enactors that portray the Native Allies certainly add a colourful component to the event.
We hope you can join us in 2018.

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