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July, 2013

Fort Ticonderoga Recreating 1758 Battle of Carillon


Fort Ticonderoga will hold a two-day battle re-enactment highlighting the 1758 Battle of Carillon when the British amassed the largest army in North American history to date, but was stunningly defeated by a French army a quarter of its size. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, 9:30am to 5 pm. Highlighted programming featured throughout the weekend brings to life the story of the French soldiers that protected their lines of defense against all odds as British and Provincial soldiers attempted to drive the French from the rocky peninsula and fortress of Carillon, later named Ticonderoga. Recreated French >>More


July, 2013

McMartin House: Adirondac’s Last Building


Hikers and backpackers who visit the Upper Works trailhead pass through the remains of the most notable ghost town in the Adirondacks.   The ruined village is known by various names: Adirondac, the Deserted Village, Tahawus (mistakenly), Upper Works, McIntyre.  All of these names (some more historically valid than others) hearken back to the original settlement carved out of the wilderness more than a hundred and eighty years ago by prospectors eager to capitalize on the massive veins of iron ore to which they had been guided by Abenaki Indian Lewis Elijah Benedict in 1826.  However, the collapsing structures lining the >>More


July, 2013

Event Recalls Kidnapping of Minerva Native Into Slavery


The 15th annual Solomon Northup Day: A Celebration of Freedom will be held on Saturday, July 20th from noon to 4 pm at Filene Hall, at Skidmore College, in Saratoga Springs. Solomon Northup Day was founded in 1999 by Saratogian Renee Moore to honor and to bring awareness to the life of Solomon Northup, a local free-born Black man who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841. Northup was born a free man in Minerva, Essex County, in July 1808. He was a literate man who worked on the Champlain Canal. While working as a cabbie and violinist in Saratoga Springs, >>More


July, 2013

Plumbing Local Family History: Aird Dorrance


Last week’s coverage here of Airdmore, that unusual camping colony at Elizabethtown in 1922, prompted a number of questions for me, particularly about the unusual surname of the main player, Henry Aird. The name was familiar to me in only one regard―from the plumbing supply company, Aird Dorrance, based in Morrisonville, near Plattsburgh, and with facilities in Ballston Lake and Clifton Park. I wanted to know: could there be a connection between the modern company and the business founded more than a century ago by Henry Aird? If so, then he left a remarkable and lasting impact on North Country >>More


July, 2013

Upper Works: The Lost Settlement of Adirondac


It was early afternoon of a warm, windless July day, fifteen years ago.  Bits of sunlight flecked the ground, filtered by the dark foliage of the forest stand in which I found myself.  Minutes before I had been with my family, gathered together in conference along a faint trail.  Now I was alone, off trail, pushing through a phalanx of young hardwood growth dotted with cedar, hemlock and spruce.  Though my wife and three sons were spread out in the woods somewhere within shouting distance, the only sound I could hear was that of my own labor, of leafy branches >>More


July, 2013

Warren County Oral History Project Planned


The Warren County Historical Society will be conducting oral history interviews during the Rural Heritage Festival and Youth Fair at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Warrensburg, NY on August 10th. The Warren County Historical Society is searching for individuals who would like to participate and are specifically interest in talking with individuals who have some knowledge in three specific areas: · World War II Memories: Looking for individuals who have memories of The Home Front during WWII (1941-45). Do you remember Pearl Harbor, D-Day, the election of 1944, and FDR’s death? Also do you remember V-E Day and V-J Day, >>More


July, 2013

Nominees Sought For Adirondack Historic Preservation Awards


Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) seeks nominations for its 2013 Historic Preservation awards. The organization looks to recognize sensitive restoration and rehabilitative efforts consistent with its mission of longterm stewardship. Projects, large and small, completed in the Adirondack region during the past two years are eligible for consideration. AARCH is a nonprofit historic preservation organization that was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote better public understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the Adirondacks’ unique and diverse architectural heritage. This year’s award ceremony will be held September 30, 2013, at the Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat, at Lake Clear, New York. >>More


July, 2013

A Visit To Crown Point Historic Site


Crown Point Historic Site is one of my child’s favorite places to go. It fits their criteria for a perfect day. It’s located near water, has hiking trails, a beautiful view and a Revolutionary War history. No matter how old my children get, they always greets our arrival to Crown Point Historic Site with the same enthusiastic, “We love this place.”  While I spend more time gravitating toward the shoreline, they hit the grassy fortress walls, walking along the former paths of Pre-Revolutionary War British and French soldiers. According to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Crown >>More


June, 2013

50 Years Ago: The 1963 Giant Mountain Landslide


Fifty years ago, on June 29, 1963, a thunderstorm stalled over Giant Mountain. Heavy rain saturated the thin soil near its summit, gradually weakening its hold on the smooth anorthosite surface.  It was a Saturday: several hikers and campers were on the mountain. Three thousand feet below, traffic – some of it from a wedding just over in Keene Valley — passed up and down the long hill on Route 73 that offers a glimpse of Giant’s Roaring Brook Falls. This account is about what happened that day to the people who had just arrived at an old family camp >>More


June, 2013

Fort Ticonderoga Offers A New Guided Waterway Tour


Now you can see Fort Ticonderoga the way two generations of soldiers saw the great lakeside citadel in the 18th century during Fort Ticonderoga’s new sunset tour, The Place Between Great Waters.  The ninety minute tour takes place on scenic Lake Champlain located just below the Fort’s imposing walls.  Costumed historic interpreters will lead the tour in an 18th-century battoe while guests paddle along side in their canoes and kayaks (Fort Ticonderoga canoes will be available for rent the evening of the program). “Our story is in our landscape,” says Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President and CEO. “The unique combination >>More




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