Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Brown’s Raid On Ticonderoga in Context

cannon aimed at Fort Ticonderoga from Mount Defiance provided by the Lake George MirrorDuring the French and Indian Wars, control of Lake George could determine control of the North American continent.

During the War of Independence, not so much. The lake was a relatively placid place as veterans who had won land grants for service during the war with France took up residence and began to cultivate the hillsides. Barges rather than bateaux passed down the lake, winning barely a glance from the grazing cattle. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Historic Canal Marker Grants Available

D&H Canal marker provided by Pomeroy FoundationThe William G. Pomeroy Foundation has officially opened a new grant round of its Historic Transportation Canals Marker Grant Program. This historic marker program commemorates the history of canals across the U.S. Grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping.

The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse. One of its main initiatives is to help people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of roadside marker grant programs, including its historic transportation canals program. » Continue Reading.


Sunday, September 15, 2019

$1M Available to NYS Parks and DEC Friends Groups

Applications are now being accepted for the fifth round of competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Grants program, funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.

The grants, this year doubled to $1 million, are available to organizations, typically referred to as “Friends groups,” that support parks, trails, historic sites and public lands. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Bike the Barns Riding Through Adirondack History

Sanctuary Farm in VermontvilleThe Saranac River Basin and the farms located within it have a rich agricultural tradition that stretches back generations. The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) invites Bike the Barns participants to engage with the region’s agricultural heritage through interpretive exhibits and farm tours at its fourth annual farm-by-bike event. » Continue Reading.


Saturday, September 14, 2019

The French Cannon: An Adirondack Legend

Mt Defiance cannon demonstrationThe subject of cannons in the woods came up while I was sharing a cup of coffee with retired DEC Forest Ranger Terry Perkins at our camp on Stillwater Reservoir. In the middle of our discussion of the old roads and trails of the area Terry paused. “Did you ever hear the story of how a lost hunter once found an old cannon back there in the woods?”

“Yes,” I said, “I’ve heard that story before connected to the old Albany Road.” » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Myths About Adirondack Military Roads

cannon abandoned in 1776 by Sir John JohnsonDuring a recent discussion concerning pre-Civil War roads in the Adirondacks I mentioned to a friend that I am amazed by the number of people who insist on calling certain roads “Old Military Roads” even though they never had a military purpose.

My friend told me he heard that a hunter once found the remains of an old cannon somewhere near Terror Lake deep in the Pigeon Lake Wilderness. His point, I think, was that the cannon must have been abandoned in the course of some American military expedition along a long-vanished woods road. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

All About Teddy at Newcomb’s TR Weekend

After or before you’re witnessing the heroic efforts of all the participants of the annual Adirondack Canoe Classic “90-Miler,” take time to visit Newcomb.

The Adirondack Park plays an important part in the history of the United States, from the Great Camp culture to its land preservation. Newcomb is the area that began Teddy Roosevelt’s historic ride from Mount Marcy to the Tahawus Club to the North Creek Depot. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

American Canadian Genealogical Conference Slated

nnyacgs fall conferenceThe Northern New York American Canadian Genealogical Society’s (NNYACGS) Annual Fall Conference is set for September 27th, 28th, 29th, at the Dannemora Civic Center, 40 Emmons Street, in Dannemora, NY.

Free genealogical research help will be available on Friday and Sunday between 11 am and 4 pm. The Society has thousands of books relating to family histories in Northern New York and can help with research on ancestors here and elsewhere. Saturday will feature two speakers, one at 10 am and another at 1 pm. » Continue Reading.


Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Forever Wild And The Word “Timber”

Protect the Adirondacks recently won a major victory in its lawsuit to enforce Article 14, Section 1 of the state Constitution, the well-known forever wild clause. The case challenged the excessive tree cutting undertaken by state agencies to build a vast network of Class II Community Connector snowmobile trails in the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

The case began in 2013 and this result has been six years in the making. Previously, the Appellate Division, Third Department, of the state Supreme Court had issued a preliminary injunction against this tree cutting in 2016 after the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Adirondack Park Agency (APA) had constructed or roughed out over 20 miles of new trails.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fort Montgomery: Truths Stranger Than Myths

Fort Montgomery at Rouses Point NY on Lake ChamplainThe Clinton County Historical Association has announced the program Fort Montgomery: The Truth is Stranger than the Myths, with local author and historian James Millard, set for Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm, at the Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel, Old Base Museum Campus in Plattsburgh.

The story of the ruins just north of the bridge at Rouses Point is strange. Local historian James P. Millard will discuss the history of Fort Montgomery and those surrounding the infamous Fort “Blunder” story. » Continue Reading.


Monday, September 2, 2019

Washington Co History Fair Mixes Serious History, Fun

washington county historical societyThe Washington County Historical Society’s 2019 History Fair, “It Happened in Washington County (History In Your Own Backyard!)” is set for Saturday, September 28th, from 10 am to 4 pm.

The day will feature exhibits by Town and Village Historians, Historical Societies, and re-enactors and programs for all ages. » Continue Reading.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Kids Farm Festival at Babbie Farm Museum

The 9th annual Kids Fair and Festival at Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum in Peru, NY, is a fun educational way to keep families interested in the importance of rural farming traditions.

The Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum has set up a weekend with everything from old-fashioned games to hands-on learning displays to provide an entertaining way to explore farming traditions. » Continue Reading.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Blue Mountain Lake Landmark Reopening To Guests

Steamboat Landing Blue Mountain Lake 2019A notable Blue Mountain Lake historic landmark, The Steamboat Landing, is being reopened as guest accommodations.  The complex was established in 1879 to serve William West Durant’s Blue Mountain and Raquette Lake Steamboat Line.

According to Richard Longstreth’s architectural guide to the Adirondacks, portions of the complex were constructed as the baggage house. The large main building was built to house the construction of the steamboat line’s largest craft, the twin-stacked, seventy-five-foot-long Tuscarora. Following the launch in 1900, the building was used to house the vessel during the off-season. » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 26, 2019

The Roots Of The Conflict Over Snowmobile Connectors

In order to cut a lot more trees on the Forest Preserve for new snowmobile corridors, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Department of Environmental Conservation and the Attorney General’s Office have announced that they will appeal July’s court ruling against the State and in favor of Protect the Adirondacks.

That ruling by a 4-1 court majority declared that the extent of tree cutting for snowmobile trail construction, when considered cumulatively, violated our state’s constitutional limit on destruction of timber on the Forest Preserve “to a material degree” (Article XIV, Section 1, NYS Constitution, and court interpretations). » Continue Reading.


Monday, August 26, 2019

Dry Women-Wet Men: Gender, Temperance, and Prohibition

wet or dry posterState University at Albany History Professor Gerald Zahavi is set to give a lecture on the dynamics of gender and the importance of women in the temperance movement, on Thursday, August 29th, at the Adirondack History Museum.

The lecture “Dry Women-Wet Men: Gender, Temperance, and the Fight for Prohibition” will look at the early years of the struggle for a “dry” America and the National Prohibition of alcohol following the the passage 18th Amendment on January 16, 1919. » Continue Reading.



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