Thursday, September 10, 2015

History Hike Planned Near Penfield Museum

Morris Glenn Leading tour convertChamplain Area Trails (CATS) will present “On the Trail to the Monitor,” a short hike led by local historian Morris Glenn on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am to 1 pm.

The hike will begin at the Penfield Museum, 703 Creek Rd., in Crown Point. Participants will follow a short and easy half-mile route along the Old Ironville Road and Penfield Pond Trails as Glenn presents information on the history of the area and the USS Monitor. The Monitor was the first ironclad warship commissioned by the Union Navy during the American Civil War.

“To win the Civil War,” Glenn said in an announcement of the event, “Union soldiers needed tremendous support – including food, clothing, munitions, and means of transportation. The community of Crown Point played a key role in this effort, particularly through our iron industry. Local mining and smelting of iron ore helped in building the Union’s first iron warship, the USS Monitor. This iron vessel and many other iron clad warships helped the Union forces prevail in the war.”

The hike will end back at the Penfield Museum where participants are invited to bring a packed lunch and enjoy lunch together on the picnic tables outside the museum.

Champlain Area Trails organized in 2009 with the mission to create hiking/skiing trails in New York’s Champlain Valley that link communities, connect people with nature, and promote economic vitality. To date, CATS has developed over 40 miles of trails and protected 495 acres of land.

For more information on CATS, or to register for this event, call (518) 962-2287 or visit www.champlainareatrails.com.

Photo of Morris Glenn leading a tour provided.


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