Dewey 's Tavern

Dewey Drop Inn

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) Around 7,000 American and British soldiers camped at Dewey’s Tavern during the Battle of Plattsburgh. Named one of the oldest structures in the town of Champlain, the tavern is also one of the most important military burials — American and British soldiers who died at the tavern were buried in unmarked graves in an elevated area south of the tavern. Located on the intersection of Plattsburgh, New York; Champlain, New York; Montreal, Canada and Rouses Point, New York, the 3-story building was at the center of the American-British conflict. Originally owned by Elias and Lovisa Dewey and their…

Writer’s Hideout Preserved Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage and Museum

(DoNorth/Jessica Blondell) Replace, cigarette in hand, brainstorming story ideas as his stepson quickly jotted them down. This is how the writer spent most of his days while living in a small cottage in Saranac Lake. His temporary home is now the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage and Museum. Best known for the children’s classic “Treasure Island” and the adult horror story “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” Stevenson left a lasting legacy after living in this Adirondack cottage. The museum, located in Saranac Lake, was created to preserve the memory of Stevenson. According to the museum’s website…

Runners Gather for Fitness Extravaganza

Taking back epithet “Rock Eater,” Plattsburgh locals, as well as runners from surrounding counties and Canada, join together in costumes to participate in the Rockeater Adventure Race.


Tahawus: Story of a Ghost Town

Zooming through the bumpy dirt roads in what is now known as Upper Works, you will find the remnants of a once large titanium mining community known as Tahawus.

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The Battle of Plattsburgh’s Secret Weapon: Plucky Rooster Ale

Plattsburgh Brewing Co. brewmaster Jason Stoyanoff, 33, walks across the room wearing a cotton t-shirt, jeans and Red Sox hat. He sits down and sips his beer, but as he starts talking a look of confusion comes across his face. “I’m sorry give me just a second,” he says. “Something isn’t right.” He runs into the back room and after a few minutes emerges and apologizes for the delay, explaining there is a problem with the chilling system. This is the kind of attention to detail vital to success in craft brewing. And Stoyanoff knows the business well. The beer…

A Blast to the Past: Prohibition in Plattsburgh

Back in the early 1920s, Ed Favreau used to drive along Plattsburgh’s Route 22 without his headlights on. He was safer in the darkness — or as safe as he’d get. Smuggling alcohol from the Canadian border to Plattsburgh was a dangerous journey during Prohibition. No one could see him in the pitch-black night, but he could still hear the gun shots in the distance. “All you could hear was ‘bang, bang’ in the air,” Favreau recalled these days in a video produced by Hometown Cable Network in 1994, three years before he died. Today, that same drive will lead you to scattered bars,…

Benedict Arnold’s Forgotten Valcour Battle

Before he became the country’s most infamous traitor, Benedict Arnold was a real North Country hero who led a battle that ultimately helped win the American Revolution. Don’t believe us? A visit to the Clinton County Historical Association Museum in Plattsburgh, N.Y., will force you to reconsider this long-hated character. The Battle of Valcour Island, Oct. 11, 1776, was a defeat by American forces, yet, due to Arnold’s strategizing and will, it remains a major turning point in the war. Outnumbered and out-armed, American forces at Valcour were doomed to defeat, but their refusal to surrender early struck the British…

Clinton Community College’s Historic Past

As you approach the top of a long, winding hill surrounded by trees, a light appears at the end. An elegant building is perched on the hill. Over 100 years ago, that place was Hotel Champlain. Today, it’s Clinton Community College. Clinton Community College opened in 1969. The views, paths and history continue living in the walls of the college after all these years. Sitting 200 feet above the magnificent Lake Champlain, Clinton Community students see Crab Island, some small islands, and Vermont. Hotel Champlain was built on June 17, 1890. The Victorian wood-framed building contained 500 rooms, and seven…

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Legendary Beast Beneath Lake Champlain

Champy has been the lake’s resident leviathan for longer than the lake has had its name. She has been called a zeuglodon, a plesiosaur, an over-grown sturgeon and even an optical illusion brought on by one-too-many drinks. No matter, her rumored presence has inspired — and eluded — cryptologist investigations, monster hunts, TV specials and countless urban legends. Champy is somewhat of a recluse. Dee Carroll, whose family owns the Westport Marina, remembers in the early 1990s a Japanese film crew, complete with a famous Japanese actor who played captain, traveled all the way to the lake and assembled a…

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