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Ed LaVarnway in the main foyer of the Parish mansion.  The grand staircase was actually added decades after David Parish died in 1826.  The last Parish family member sold the home in 1879 and it was in private hands until 1923 when its doors opened to the public as the Remington Art Museum. Photo: Todd Moe
Ed LaVarnway in the main foyer of the Parish mansion. The grand staircase was actually added decades after David Parish died in 1826. The last Parish family member sold the home in 1879 and it was in private hands until 1923 when its doors opened to the public as the Remington Art Museum. Photo: Todd Moe

The story of an Ogdensburg pioneer and the War of 1812

The City of Ogdensburg remembers its early history this weekend. The bicentennial of the Battle of Ogdensburg will be commemorated with re-enactments and special events at locations in Ogdensburg and Prescott, Ontario. On February 22nd, 1813, British-Canadian forces crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and attacked the U.S. base in Ogdensburg.

In the first of two conversations about the battle, Todd Moe talks with Ed LaVarnway, executive director of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, which is housed in the historic Parish mansion on Washington Street.  Go to full article
Reenactors portraying British soldiers advance through the woods at Beekmantown. Photo: Sarah Harris
Reenactors portraying British soldiers advance through the woods at Beekmantown. Photo: Sarah Harris

Plattsburgh commemorates War of 1812 victory

Tuesday was the 198th anniversary of the Battle of Plattsburgh. In 1814, British and American forces clashed on Lake Champlain and in the city of Plattsburgh. The Americans prevailed, and the war ended two months later.

This year is also the bicentennial of the start of the war, and for the past two weeks, Plattsburgh has hosted a series of commemorative events, including concerts, lectures and dances. It even opened a temporary tavern serving period fare. The celebrations culminated this past weekend with re-enactments on water and land and a downtown parade.  Go to full article
The Campsite on the south bank of the Saranac River and near Fredenburgh Falls, and came to be called Pike's Cantonment for its commander Colonel Zebulon Pike.
The Campsite on the south bank of the Saranac River and near Fredenburgh Falls, and came to be called Pike's Cantonment for its commander Colonel Zebulon Pike.

Adirondack Attic: War of 1812 archeology in Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh commemorates a pivotal battle in the War of 1812 this week. Andy Flynn visits the 1812 Museum in Plattsburgh for a look at some recent archeological finds for the next Adirondack Attic segment.  Go to full article

Books: "Taking Hart"

A new novel, set on the St. Lawrence River, combines suspense and regional history. Maggie Hockett's first book, Taking Hart, coincides with the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Geared toward young readers, the main character is a teenager searching for clues to disprove a family legend. Todd Moe talks with Hockett, who writes under the pen name M.A. Noble, about her book and writing career.  Go to full article
Crysler's Farm Memorial Site, the original battlefield was inundated by the Seaway
Crysler's Farm Memorial Site, the original battlefield was inundated by the Seaway

Morrisburg, Ontario hosts War of 1812 re-enactment

Hundreds of military re-enactors will gather along the St. Lawrence River this weekend. The live-action, "Grand Tactical," will be held in Morrisburg, Ontario. The historic activities are taking place near Upper Canada Village. Pat Macdonald heads the St. Lawrence Parks Commission which oversees the heritage park and the adjacent battle memorial site.  Go to full article

Unearthing history in Sackets Harbor

A section of a nearly 200-year-old fortification has been unearthed in Sackets Harbor, a key American stronghold during the War of 1812. Jefferson County historian and archaeologist Tim Abel says the section is part of a palisaded breastwork in the village on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, near Watertown. Abel told Todd Moe that Sackets Harbor was the scene of two battles during the War of 1812, when the outpost was a major base of operations for the American navy.  Go to full article
An old military button was found this month at the historic Kent-Delord House. (photo: Caroline Kehne)
An old military button was found this month at the historic Kent-Delord House. (photo: Caroline Kehne)

Unearthing the Past: Historic Button Found in Plattsburgh

A small jacket button, from the early 1800's, was recently found at the Kent-Delord House Museum in Plattsburgh. Over the last couple of weeks, volunteers have been sifting through piles of dirt in the historic home's backyard. Larry Turner, of Peru, found it last week. It's just a button to some, but local historians say it's also a key to the past. Todd Moe took a closer look.  Go to full article

Tall Ship Recalls 1812

Founder's Day Weekend is coming up in Ogdensburg. The War of 1812 is a central theme. Among the attractions are tall ships--sailing vessels like those that plied the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes when the waterway marked a contested border. This summer there's a new ship plying the Great Lakes. She stretches 101 feet from end to end and is a replica of a sloop that fought in the War of 1812. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Tamar Charney takes us on board the Friends Good Will.  Go to full article
Depiction of the Stone Hospital in Sackets Harbor after restoration.
Depiction of the Stone Hospital in Sackets Harbor after restoration.

Restoring the Past: Saving Sackets Harbor's Historic House of Healing

During the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor along Lake Ontario in Jefferson County, became the headquarters of the U-S Army and Navy for the northern frontier. Thousands of troops and hundreds of ships carpenters lived in the village. It was a major military outpost and shipbuilding center and the site of several strategic battles. After the war, Sackets Harbor developed throughout the 19th century into a commercial lake port, military town and summer resort. Today it's known for its museums, quaint shops, food and historical restoration. A group of history buffs wants to restore the old Stone Hospital at Madison Barracks as a military heritage center and cornerstone for future restoration work. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Zebulon Pike Grave May be in Sackets Harbor

Archeologists believe they may have found the grave of Brigadier General Zebulon Pike in Sackets Harbor. Pike is best known for ascent and naming of Pike's Peak in Colorado, but he also led soldiers into battle during the war of 1812 from Sackets Harbor. Jody Tosti talks with Laurie Rush, head of Fort Drum's cultural resource management program. Rush says she is 80-90% sure her team has got the right location.  Go to full article

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