|Typical IPGF peace garden marker.|
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for a peace garden commemorating the war, at Mayer's Lake Ontario Winery & Bistro. Mayer's also is planning a nautical-themed tasting room that will feature 1812 artifacts and battle murals.
"This is an important day for Mayer's," said David Bower Jr., owner of the Monroe County complex. "There is so much history in this area, and people just don't know that much about it."
The Bower family donated 11,500 square feet of land at their vineyard and tasting room on Hamlin-Parma Townline for the project. Materials and design were donated by Terry Tree and RM Landscape. Other funds for the project will be raised through donations.
The garden is part of a trail of Bicentennial 1812 gardens planned by the International Peace Garden Foundation to commemorate the war and celebrate the peace that has existed between Canada and the U.S. since the conflict. Canada was part of the British empire during its war with the U.S.
The garden trail runs along Lake Ontario and the Niagara River on the American side and along Lake Ontario and sites in southwestern Ontario on the Canadian side. Each garden will have a plaque describing the site's significance. And, signs will be installed along the trail to help guide tourists.
Work also began today on Monroe County's second 1812 garden, at the Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse in Rochester near the Genesee River.
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