NYS Path Through History -Crown Point Day

Come celebrate the history, landscape and people of Crown Point through a variety of tours and activities, all free to the public.

 

8am      OSPREY BABY WATCH + GUIDED BIRD HIKE                   Meet outside the picnic table at the museum
Join naturalist educator Gregg Van Deusen as we observe the newly born ospreys at their majestic and grand view of the lake.  He was  ass’t. teacher for seven years, and taught children for sixteen years at camps and outdoor schools across the country.  He has an AA in Rural Resource Management from Sterling College, and a BS in Outdoor Education/Natural History from Northland College.  Gregg spends summers guiding trips at Northwaters Wilderness Programs in Temagami, ON.  Binoculars & field guides are available for loan. 
 
9-1pm    DEC FISHING CLINIC                       Meet at steamboat pier
This event is arranged by the I FISH NY program of the DEC in cooperation with the Crown Point Campground. Attendees will learn fish identification, local aquatic ecology, casting safety and techniques and fishing regulations. Following an educational introduction about fishing in Lake Champlain, I FISH NY will conduct basic fishing instruction, ecology and stewardship of local aquatic habitats, fish identification, regulations and casting safety and techniques. The I FISH NY program of the DEC will provide instruction, rods and bait free of charge. The freshwater fishing license requirement for anglers age 16 and older has been suspended for this event. 
 
10am    GUIDED TOUR OF FORT ST FREDERIC + HIS MAJESTYS FORT AT CROWN POINT                        Meet in museum auditorium
Did you realize this is the only site in the country to have two pre-revolutionary war forts on site?  Learn the history of our area’s first European immigrants as they fought for control of the Champlain Valley.  You will hear about the native Americans already living on this land and the Europeans that fought to secure it.  It’s no accident that these waterways are lined with forts from north to south, & learn how the seeds were planted in starting the American Revolution.  300 years of history, still in the making.  
         Will start with a 12-minute film in the museum, then tour both forts with a museum docent.  Ends in British parade grounds with a British Army Ranger and musket demonstration.
         Local reenactor Jeremy Clifford will present the life and material culture of an 18th century British Army Ranger during the French and Indian War.  Through displays and demonstrations, you will learn about the arms and equipment needed to survive the harsh realities of scouting the Colonial frontier and the important role Rogers Rangers played in this epic struggle between England and France that set the stage for the American Revolution.
         Jeremy has a life-long interest in the colonial history of North America and he has been a reenactor for over 20 years.  He is an avid tailor, hand stitching his clothing and equipment using period techniques and materials.   He’s been a member of several reenacting units spanning history from the French and Indian War all the way to WWII.  Jeremy lives in Essex, New York with his wife and two sons.  He is a fiddler and a square dance caller carrying on a local Adirondack tradition.
 
11:30am   GUIDED HISTORIC TOUR OF CROWN POINT CAMPGROUND
                   Meet outside the Toll Collectors house, now the Lake Champlain Visitors Center
Crown Point Campground is one of the oldest public campgrounds in New York State.  Join DEC Historic Preserv. Officer and archeologist Charles Vandrei as we lead – for the first time – a tour of the historic features on the campground property.  Chuck will talk about the history of campgrounds, the Grenadier Redoubt, the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse (and what it was before) and well as Revolutionary War era Coffin Point Fort. 
 
1-3 pm    CROWN POINT POSTCARDS                        Table will be set up on patio outside museum
Bill started collecting postcards about twenty years ago because he likes history and looking at old pictures. He has amassed a collection of over 1000 postcards and he’ll be displaying his cards showing Crown Point reservation and the town. He is on the board of directors at the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, dedicated towards preserving the history of Ticonderoga and its people and trades. Born and raised in Ticonderoga, Bill worked at International Paper for 42 years, the last thirty in water treatment until his retirement. 
 
1-3 pm    ASK YOUR TOWN HISTORIAN                        Table will be set up on patio outside museum
Joan Hunsdon is not only the director of the Penfield Homestead Museum, but a historical fixture in Crown Point in her own right.  Born and raised in Crown Point, there is almost nothing you can ask she doesn’t have the answer to.  Join her and Penfield volunteer Nancy Burriss as they tell stories (and their parents’ stories) and debunk myths of Crown Point and the surrounding area.
 
2-3:30p.m.   BOB HUBBARD PRESENTS: Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution
                       The presentation and book available in the museum auditorium 
A colorful figure of 18th-century America, Israel Putnam (1718–1790) played a key role in both the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War. In 1758, he barely escaped from being burned alive by Mohawk warriors. He later commanded a force of 500 men who were shipwrecked off the coast of Cuba. It was Putnam who reportedly gave the command “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Detailing his relationships with George Washington, Robert Rogers, Alexander Hamilton, and John and Abigail Adams, this first full-length biography of Putnam in more than a century re-examines the life of a general whose seniority in the Continental Army was second only to that of Washington. This talk will cover Putnam's personal life and military career, including his service in New York State during the Revolution, and at Crown Point during the French and Indian War.  
                Biography:  Robert Ernest Hubbard is a retired professor from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT and an adjunct faculty member in the college’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program.  He lives in Wallingford, CT. In addition to Major General Israel Putnam: Hero of the American Revolution, he authored 7 other books incl. The Last Survivors (Publications International, Ltd.) and A History of Connecticut’s Deadliest Tornadoes (The History Press).
 
3:30pm:   GUIDED TOUR OF FORT ST FREDERIC + HIS MAJESTYS FORT AT CROWN POINT      Meet at picnic table outside museum
                  Sponsored by Friends of Crown Point Historic Site
Did you realize this is the only site in the country to have two pre-revolutionary war forts on site?  Learn the history of our area’s first European immigrants as they fought for control of the Champlain Valley.  You will hear about the native Americans already living on this land and the Europeans that fought to secure it.  It’s no accident that these waterways are lined w/forts from north to south, and learn how the seeds were planted in starting the American Revolution.  300 years of history, still in the making. Tour both forts with Friends President and former site manager, Tom Hughes.  Ends in British parade grounds.