Buffalo Burning December 30 1813

Today in History: December 30 – The Burning of Buffalo

On December 30, 1813, the British burned the village of Buffalo. Thirteen villagers were killed, and all but three of the original 150 buildings were destroyed. The nearby village of Black Rock was also burned. Because Buffalo was made the western terminus of the Erie Canal, it was able to rebuild and recover.

Phoenix Hotel

Phoenix Hotel The Phoenix Hotel building was built in 18161 by Oziel Smith2 on the east side of Main Street, between Broadway and Mohawk. It was located at 361 to 365 Main Street, on the former site of the house belonging to Mrs. Lovejoy,3 who died during the burning of Buffalo in 1813, and directly…