Today, I went to Stella Niagara in Lewiston, New York, for a watercolor painting class. It was my first painting class at Stella Niagara since May. Jinni, the class instructor, picked me up and we went to Lewiston to do a little shopping at Tops. Since the weather was gorgeous, I decided to walk from the Village of Lewiston to Stella Niagara, a distance of approximately four miles.
Lewiston is an interesting village, with a good deal of history. It was founded in 1818 in an area that had been destroyed during the War of 1812. Prior to its founding, it was part of the Village of Cambria.
About a third of the Town of Lewiston is land belonging to the Tuscarora Nation.
There is a place in Lewiston called “Freedom Crossing,” where runaway slaves traveling via the Underground Railroad went. This boat landing was where the slaves could safely traverse the Niagara River into Canada.
Lewiston is now home to a state park called Artpark, where, during the summer, there are musical performances and artists in residence.