The Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site highlights the Village’s role in the War of 1812 and offers insight into what life was like for those in Sackets Harbor in the 1800s. Today, visitors can explore the site’s historic structures and grounds and enjoy the Battlefield’s magnificent views of Black River Bay and Lake Ontario.…
Discover our Military History
Since 1808, the continuous arrival and departure of American military personnel at Sackets Harbor Navy station, and later Madison Barracks Army Post, secured the community’s military history significance. By 1908, the Army Barracks became one of the oldest continuously occupied posts in the nation. That year, the 24th Infantry, one of only two African-American units, arrived at Madison Barracks. Today, visit the former army post to see architectural gems from 1816 to the present, a rare War of 1812 earthen works, and broad lawns where troops once paraded and played polo. Across the harbor, tour the Navy Yard which is part of the battlefield state historic site.