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The Founding of Queenston

Following the loss, after the American Revolution, of the Niagara River's east bank, a new portage around Niagara Falls was established in the 1780's with Queenston it's northern terminus. Wharves, storehouses and a block - house were built. Robert Hamilton, a prominent merchant considered the village's founder operated a thriving trans - shipment business. Known as the "Lower Landing", it was named "Queenston" by L:ieut. -Govenor Simcoe. During the War of 1812 the village was badly damaged. Here lived such well known figures as Laura Secord and William Lyon Mackenzie. Despite loss of commerce following the opening of the Welland Canal in 1829, Queenston later served as a terminus for the provinces first horse - drawn railway. Queenston was incorporated into the Town of Niagara - on - the - Lake in 1970