Town of Lewiston
Map Site 9: Tuscarora Reservation

Living atop the Niagara Escarpment, the Tuscarora Indians came down the hill and held back the British and other Natives for a time, giving Lewiston residents the chance to flee east along Ridge Road.

A few miles east of Lewiston, on the top of the Niagara Escarpment, was the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. When Lewiston was attacked the sounds were heard miles away, and as residents began fleeing along Ridge Road, they encountered members of the Tuscarora Nation coming to their defense and aid. The Tuscaroras assisted the fleeing residents by creating a barrier between the marauding Indians and the stream of people along Ridge Road. In addition, other Tuscaroras at the top of the escarpment created enough noise to convince the invaders that their numbers were much higher than what they actually were. These diversionary tactics bought precious time for the fleeing residents to escape east without any further danger. Unfortunately, the enemy eventually succeeded in burning the Tuscarora village but not before the fleeing residents were a safe distance away.



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