The work of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area is to enhance public appreciation for the communities, significant historic and natural resources, and landscapes of the Niagara region. The National Heritage area works through a network of heritage area partners who seek to make interpretive, environmental, economic and social improvements that benefits residents and visitors alike. Where initiative is lacking, the National Heritage Area will fill the gap. In pursuing this mission, the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area encourages historic preservation, recreational access and environmental recovery. We value authenticity, cultural diversity, high-quality design, energy efficiency, regional and cross border leadership, open communication and transparent operations.
On October 13, 1812, the United States invaded Canada. Lewiston was the staging area for the Battle of Queenston Heights, the first major battle of the War of 1812. Cannons installed on the lawn of Barton Hill were aimed at the village of Queenston, across the Niagara River in Canada. Troops were quartered on Major Barton's property as well.