The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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December 6, 2013

Waterport's Grandma Brown in guidebook

Medina Journal-Register — Bathshua Sheffield Brown fought and lost her family’s Long Island Sound farm to the British during the Revolutionary War. She would later move her family by boat along the Lake Ontario shoreline to settle in Waterport. As fate would have it, the same British officer who had destroyed her farm in 1776 was captured during a War of 1812 raid and brought to Bathshua. Did she exact her revenge?

Author Steve Benson’s “Sailors, Keepers, Shipwrecks and the Maid” tells the story of the three choices Bathshua offered the British soldier. The work is a collection of maritime-theme history vignettes published by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. The book includes the tales of ordinary heroes and famous Americans, fish stories, lighthouse lore, and humorous accounts of happenings along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania. More information is available online at or by calling (315) 646-1000, ext. 204.

The Brown homestead today is a thriving farm business and agritourism destination known as Brown’s Berry Patch. It is open April through October. Learn more of the family history at

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