Last year, archaeologists from the Public Archaeology Facility (PAF) at Binghamton University (SUNY) completed an exploratory cultural resources survey of Horse Island at Sackets Harbor.
Stewardship of the island by New York State Parks came after the American Battlefield Trust purchased the property as their first War of 1812 battlegrounds acquisition in the nation.
Following the Binghamton team’s 2020 on-site work, their subsequent archaeological survey report is ready. This project was funded by a grant from the National Park Service-American Battlefield Protection Program (NPS-ABPP), only one of two such surveys conducted in New York State during the 2020 grant cycle.
The survey report is the first step in future preservation and interpretation of this island’s significant historic and environmental resources, part of the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site will host “Horse Island’s War of 1812 Secrets Unearthed” about the Horse Island Archaeology Survey discoveries, presented by Binghamton University Public Archaeology staff on Saturday July 31, from 1pm to 4pm – at the red barn at Sackets Harbor Battlefield Historic Site.
Researchers are collecting comments, answering questions, and gathering ideas from both the local and visiting public about the Sackets Harbor Battlefield and long-range planning for Horse Island by New York State Parks. The survey can be found online.
Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site is located at 504 W Main Street, Sackets Harbor, NY.