I take a lot of photo walks partially due to my job, probably more than most garden bloggers. Every month with Month in Tens Calendar, you see my garden in its raw form, day by day, only changing as the weather changes. You have seen many of our local attractions and parks as some of my work (architectural and landscaping) happens in these places. Often images from my jobs slips into posts, but I do not call attention to my design work, as I am very private on this front. You see buildings and landscapes I have designed, but would never know it.
I have taken you around the town I live in on more than one occasion, and have been happy to see other garden bloggers branching out into their communities and park systems doing the same. It is nice to see what is happening elsewhere in the world.
What I can notice from these visits, here, and around the world, is not only the beautiful scenery, but also ecosystems at work and landscaping both natural and man-made. I will take you back to Lewiston again this Summer so you can see how the tended gardens come to life. So let’s see Lewiston at this time of year, with the trees bare and the sun visiting us for another day.
About the Place
Lewiston, NY is a picturesque village located along the Niagara River, and was the first European settlement in Western New York. In October 1812, six thousand American troops were sent to Lewiston, NY to invade Canada. Cannons were pointed at the Village of Queenston, Canada. The Americans lost this battle, despite outnumbering the British, because the militia refused to fight on foreign soil. They did cross the Niagara River into Canada to kill General Brock, a British commander. Some Canadians believe that if it wasn’t for General Brock’s skilled leadership, that their country would be part of the United States today.
The Black Pearl is a sailing ship that departs the docks for weekend cruises at North Water Street. This is not a photo of mine of the ship, but comes from this source.
This summer I may get a photo. This is what their site says about the cruise, “As you sail the Lower Niagara River, you’ll be in a time machine taking you back in history — you’ll see where slaves escaped to Canada, where the first battle of the War of 1812 was fought, where French explorers first landed to trade with the native Americans, and where Niagara Falls started 12,000 years ago.”
Niagara Falls was not always where it is today. Lewiston, where it was 12,000 years ago, is about seven miles from where I live, and if you read here often, you know I can walk to the Falls. Lewiston is where I work often and attend garden club meetings. In fact, I took these images right before a meeting I attended last week.
Wilson is where the Farm is located, but not along the lake. It is off of Rt. 104 at the red arrow and a twenty-mile drive.
I will take you to Olcott, which is along Lake Ontario next. The farm’s owner also has another tree farm there.
But, back to Lewiston. The river looks very different here than where I live because of having the very high gorge walls, upper and lower river with the connecting falls, and raging rapids. Here the waters are calm and navigable by boats and small ships of many sizes.
I do not know how deep the channels are that determine the size of boats and ships, but to the left is a chart showing that the depth at the falls itself is about as deep as it is tall. (source)
I hope this post gives you a little more context to many of the places I take you to and much of what I often refer.
The Silo Restaurant, Lewiston, NY
The Silo has been a part of the Lewiston waterfront history since the 1920-30’s, and tourists boarded steamers at the Silo to go to Toronto. It is a converted coal silo.
The Lewiston docks are a very pretty spot along the Niagara River. The Niagara River leads to Lake Ontario at Youngstown, NY as shown in the map above.
Unlike getting to the river in Niagara Falls, here, they have boat docks and slips. It is easy to access the river walk.
But, gulls are everywhere. Many, many of them.
Is this not a handsome train conductor?
This is looking back in the direction of Canada. The tall monument in the background is of General Brock, a respected leader. His tall monument stands in Queenston today and can be seen across the river above.
Lewiston really celebrates their waterfront and it is very well maintained. These images were taken on March 5th. It looks Summer like, no? But check out the post on March 13 that showed my garden on March 9th. You would never guess that the weather can be so fickle here.