Sackets Harbor, New York, was built during the War of 1812. Fort Tompkins served as a naval base of operations, and forces fought primarily on Lake Ontario.

Sackets Mansion served as a hospital during the war, and the Pickering-Beach Museum, adjacent to the battlefield, depicts 19th century life in the community.

Sackets Harbor is also home of the visitors center for the Seaway Trail, which follows Lake Ontario for 464 miles, and extends further along Lake Erie.

The town also has a number of small shops, including the spot where we lunched, the Sackets Harbor Brewing Company, whose signature brew is the 1812 Amber.

The slideshow above was produced by Josh Shear, with photos by Stefanie Shear and Josh Shear, and music by Leslie Arrunda, available for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons license.