An official Path Through History Site! New York City lawyer Augustus Sacket founded the village in 1801, and built the "Sacket Mansion" a year later. It is now known as the Sackets Harbor Visitors` Center, featuring a video presentation and orientation exhibit. Sackets Harbor was a central battleground in the War of 1812, and the site of construction for the steam ship Ontario, which opened steamboat commerce with Canada. In more recent years, the champion racing horse Funny Cide was owned by Sackets Harbor residents.