Monday, August 17, 2020

Mapping and Surveying the Adirondacks

The Ticonderoga Historical Society presents a free public program titled “Mapping the Adirondacks” at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga on Friday, Aug. 21 at 7pm.

“Mapping the Adirondacks” will kick off the museums latest exhibit, which features more than 18 military, political, and romantic maps from its collection, some of which are being shown for the first time.

Pete Nelson, writer, lecturer and history buff will be presenting the program. His articles regularly appear in numerous regional publications (including the Almanack) and he teaches mathematics and history at North Country Community College. Currently he is writing a book on early Adirondack Surveyors, a passion which merges his love for both history and mathematics.

“Adirondack Lore says that our beautiful region remained unexplored wilderness until well into the 19th century,” says Nelson. “The story of Native Americans, early Euro-American explorers and surveyors says otherwise. This talk is an exploration of the people, surveys and maps that, decades before Verplanck Colvin, helped make the Adirondacks one of the hottest frontiers in the young nation.”

The program is outdoors, with attendance limited to 35. Reservations will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be enforced. Masks are required, attendees should bring their own lawn chairs. You may make reservations by calling the Hancock House at 518-585-7868, or by emailing The event will be cancelled in the event of rain.

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One Response

  1. Noel A. Sherry says:

    Hello Pete, wish I could be at this program, but schedule does not allow me. I live in MA and own a log cabin in Big Moose, NY, and am on a history committee for our lake, Twitchell Lake. I am currently transcribing 3 Frank Tweedy survey journals for my Brown’s Track region and have completed 2 Verplanck Colvin survey journals, also one by Nelson Beach. Fascinating and fun. I am looking for Squire Snell survey journals as he did a lot of work in the Beaver River area near me. I am constantly in search of early survey maps as I am in quest of how our lake got its name, Twitchell Lake, probably in the 1820-1830 era. Thanks for your article and exhibition. Is there an online way to see what you are exhibiting?