Obligations of and the rights under US citizenship were not easily established for all Americans. Men, both white and then men of color, were the first to win the right to vote. Women, Native Americans, and citizens of Asian descent only won this fight decades later. [Read more…] about Women’s Rights & Citizenship: A History of Women Jurors
In 1936 Emil and Marguarite Kegly Neuenfeldt bought five acres of marshland near the Whiteside Dam in Perry’s Mills on the Chazy River, just west of the Village of Champlain. It would be the home of Emil’s second, and apparently Clinton County’s first – and only – frog farm. The area was chosen because it was near water and near sources of frogs. But why frogs? [Read more…] about ‘Frog Legs Is Our Business’: The Champlain Frog Farm
Diving into Clinton County Historical Association’s North Country Notes is history buff’s paradise. The Historical Association (CCHA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1945 and funded and staffed by members of the community. We can speculate as to why the date of CCHA’s founding may be significant. [Read more…] about Clinton County Historical Association’s North Country Notes
Today we can only imagine what the historic Fouquet House at 5 Macdonough Street in Plattsburgh, NY, must have been in its heyday as a grand hotel four stories tall with a promenade on the roof overlooking Lake Champlain, the mountains of Vermont and the foothills of the Adirondacks, and a yard of flowing gardens below.
Sitting across from the train station it must have been a majestic and welcome site for travelers. [Read more…] about Plattsburgh’s Fouquet House: A Grand Hotel
On a cold, snowy January evening in 1874, Anna Elizabeth Dickinson became one of the first women of national prominence to speak on women’s suffrage in Clinton County, NY. Those gathering to hear her at the Palmer Hall, located upstairs at 60 Margaret Street in downtown Plattsburgh, were described as the most intellectual and cultivated in the community.
The crowd that night would have known her reputation. [Read more…] about Anna Elizabeth Dickinson: ‘America’s Civil War Joan of Arc’
During the War of 1812, the Plattsburgh Cantonment was established in Clinton County, NY. A garrison for American armies it was briefly abandoned by the U.S. Army after World War Two, before being acquired and expanded by the U.S. Air Force in 1953 which operated the facility, now known as the “Old Base” until 1995. The Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel is described by many as the most beautiful building on the Old Base. [Read more…] about The Plattsburgh Old Base’s Memorial Chapel: Some History
Nestled in the hills of West Peru in Clinton County, NY, called “the Patent,” with its small yet sturdy steeple prominent among the trees, lies St. Patrick’s Church. Solemnly beside the Church, amid a park-like setting with fourteen Stations of the Cross, is a Shrine to the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini. [Read more…] about Northern New York’s Shrine to Mother Cabrini: Some History
Each year since 1895, the Saranac Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution commemorate the October 11th, 1776, Battle of Valcour. Each year’s event features a speaker and a ceremonial reverence given to honor the patriots who fought in the first naval battle of the American Revolution at Valcour Island on Lake Champlain. [Read more…] about The Battle of Valcour Island Memorial: A Short History
One of the important historical figures of Clinton County, who is not often mentioned, is Dr. William Beaumont (1785 – 1853), considered “The Father of Gastric Physiology.”
His name is honored across the nation on schools and hospitals and locally on historic markers, a SUNY Plattsburgh building, and a local medical practice. [Read more…] about William Beaumont, Father of Gastric Physiology
Clinton County, NY is noted for its extensive and influential military history – we helped save the United States from invasion in the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War just off Lake Champlain’s Valcour Island, and we help end the War of 1812 with Macdonough’s victory off the lake’s Cumberland Head. But there is more. Clinton County is also noted for its agricultural history – apples, maple syrup, milk production, and potatoes. [Read more…] about Potato Farming: A Four Generation Story