Baldwinsville Members of the Betsy Baldwin DAR Chapter took a field trip to Sackets Harbor Monday, May 23, in commemoration of the upcoming bicentennial of the War of 1812. There were 20 DAR members and two HODARS (husbands of DAR members) on the trip.
The visit included a tour of Sackets Harbor Battlefield and a home built for Commandant Josiah Tattenall. Construction of the home began in the fall of 1847 and was mostly completed in 1848. An interesting commentary by guide Kate Schantz was that while the laundry room was in the basement, servants dried clothes (hung on hooks in the basement) in the winter by fanning them between running up and downstairs to the main dining room to serve meals. The home's structure was modeled on southern homes with plans for a wrap-around porch. However, it became apparent that the weather wasn't conducive to large porches and several doors on the sides of the house open to a large drop-off. In addition, because windows were taxed and doors weren't, some of the windows were actually useable as doors to avoid paying taxes on them.
Tour guide Andrew Shelmidine, dressed in the attire of a captain in the 3rd Artillery Regiment, gave a brief history of events that took place at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield. He also talked about the two cannons, which remain on site, and explained that many of the cannons used during the war are now located at various military sites throughout the country.
Also, to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, the New York State Organization, National Society Daughters American Revolution are encouraging schools and communities to participate in the ringing of bells at noon on June 18.