Category: Queensbury

stone church and cemetery behind a wicker fence

Moses Harris: A Revolutionary Spy in Warren County

You may be familiar with the story of Alexander Hamilton, one recently popularized by the musical Hamilton. Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law was Philip Schuyler, a United States senator from New York, who resided in Albany. During the American Revolution, Schuyler worked closely with an ordinary man who became a spy; that man was Moses Harris —…
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two apple trees

Queensbury’s Apples

Fall in the North Country brings with it some much anticipated events…the vibrant colors of the changing leaves, the back-to-school routines, and of course, apple season.  New York has a rich history of apple production dating back to the 1600’s.  Traditions such as going picking as a family, cold cider and warm cider donuts on…
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topo map of French Mountain

French Mountain in 1875

Maury Thompson recently shared with me a link to a short newspaper article about the photographer Seneca Ray Stoddard.  On the same page I noticed a letter from a reader, which decried the lack of coverage for French Mountain, at that time a hamlet in the Town of Queensbury.  Now the site of the Factory…
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stone wall with red tenant house

A Legacy of the Land – Stone Walls continued…

Our last blog covered the remarkable story of 19th century stone builder and preacher, Reverend George Brown.  But what about the many stone walls around the area whose builders remain anonymous and whose histories are unknown?  Is it possible to learn anything about those walls, or from them?  The answer is “yes”.  Though we may…
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