In the past the Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration had grown into a two-week celebration. Now, for the first year, the City of Plattsburgh has condensed the commemoration into a tightly packed four-day celebration this weekend, September 10-13.
According to Sandra Geddes, Promotions and Special Events Coordinator for the City of Plattsburgh, the goal for shortening the event was to bring the focus back to the historical aspect of the battle, keep all the elements that brought a variety of people to the area and present it all in a more concise format.
“It is too difficult to list all the events happening this weekend,” says Geddes. “We wanted to keep the focus on how the Battle of Plattsburgh helped change the course of our history as well as shaped our city. We took all the favorite events and pulled them into this four-day commemorative event.”
The Battle of Plattsburgh, sometime called the Battle of Lake Champlain was a turning point during the War of 1812 when the small American navy defeated a more powerful British fleet, leading General Sir George Prevost to flee to Canada. According to the Battle of Plattsburgh website, the intent of the invasion was for the Royal Navy ships to reach New York City and ultimately divide the nation in two.
The $15 Battle of Plattsburgh button is the necessary key for all the various activities happening throughout September 10-13 commemoration. In addition to entrance to the concerts at Israel Green Tavern, the button gains the wearer free admission to various museums, re-enactments, historic walking tours and presentations as well encampments and 1814 craft demonstrations.
Buttons are available at Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau, Cornstone Bookshop, Plattsburgh City Marina, North Country Food Co-op, Studley Printing, Kent-Delord House Museum, Battle of Plattsburgh Association, Aubuchon Hardware, Champlain Wine Company, NBT Bank and Cook and Gardener. Enjoy!
Photo is used with the permission of Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com