Town of Lewiston
Map Site 7: Burning of Lewiston

After the capture of Fort Niagara on December 19, 1813, British troops and their Native Allies crossed the Niagara River and burned the Village of Lewiston. Several people were killed (the number varies from six to 30) and the residents fled eastward along the Ridge Road to communities in Central New York.

Then Plan of Lewiston in 1816

While General Murray was overtaking Fort Niagara, British General Phineas Riall and one thousand men and several hundred Indians, crossed the river to destroy Lewiston. When the signal came that Fort Niagara was in the hands of the British, Riall and his band descended on the village. At dawn on December 19, 1813, with only a few minutes notice, the inhabitants of Lewiston were roused from their beds and hearths by the whoops of hundreds of “western” Indians at their doorsteps. The atrocities that followed were almost unspeakable. Dozens of men, women and even children were scalped and hacked to death by the tomahawk, buildings were burned with people still inside, and frantic survivors fled east on the Ridge Road in wagons, sleighs and other conveyances.

Link to Historical Association of Lewiston website:

The Little Yellow House on Center Street (next to the Frontier House) in 1816.
It is the oldest building in Lewiston.



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