September 30, 2013 12:21 am
WATERPORT — The Bicentennial Peace Garden located at Brown’s Berry Patch, 14264 Roosevelt Highway, will be officially designated as an Honorary International Peace Garden at a ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The garden is part of a trail of War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Gardens established to commemorate the significance of the historic event. Eligibility for Honorary International Peace Garden designation include location, size, design and, in this case, significance to the War of 1812.
In 1804, the Brown family matriarch, Bathshua, settled her five sons and seven daughters along the Oak Orchard River that leads to Lake Ontario.
During the War of 1812, Brown stood against a captured British captain, one she had encountered years earlier as a young bride during the Revolutionary War. Brown allowed the captain to leave with his life after he promised to never again bring forces to area.
The Peace Garden at Brown’s Berry Patch, currently the only such garden in Orleans County, is a tribute to the Browns’ pioneer tenacity and diplomacy that helped make this country great.
“These lovely flowers will be a constant reminder of how blessed we all are to have come to peace with our neighbors,” Robert Brown said.
The public is welcome to attend the event.