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Clinton County Soldiers Search for Abraham Lincoln’s Killer

John Wilkes Booth adored his slaves, but he loathed his president, Abraham Lincoln. On April 14, 1865, Booth became the first man to assassinate an American president, marking his name in infamy. While this is well-known to many, fewer people are aware of the role of New York’s 16th Volunteer Regiment. The 16th Regiment, led by Lt. Edward Doherty, was comprised of Clinton County soldiers who were tasked to capture Booth in the nation’s most historic manhunt. “It’s amazing how obscure these men are in history,” says Jan Couture, who works for the Clinton County Historical Museum. After participating in…

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Sleighs: The Vehicles of the Past, Fun of Today

While sleighs today signify a fun winter outing, in the past they were used to get around town.  “Essentially the sleighs were used as cars before cars were invented,” says Karen Lassell, equine manager at The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, which houses old sleighs in its Heart’s Delight Farm Heritage Exhibit. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, sleighs delivered mail in the winter months. Farmers in Cadyville, New York, used sleighs to transport potatoes to starch factories in Peru and Chazy, New York. Once cars came around, people no longer needed sleighs to get their goods across…

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North Country Rinks Showcase U.S. and Canadien Hockey History

The Canadiens are up 3-1 in their eighth game of the 2014 regular season, with the final five minutes of the third period ticking down. The crowd is on the edge of their seats, roaring in both excitement and anxiety — the Rangers have come from behind a couple times this season, and they’re pushing hard for this win. The chants and screams all meld into one deafening crescendo as the Rangers shoot one, two, three shots at goaltender Carey Price. He blocks all of them, and the place goes absolutely wild: “Carey, Carey, Carey!” The fans are on their…

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Ghostly Trails of Clinton County

Everywhere they haunt us. They manifest in the TV listings and possess our screens. Even after Halloween has passed, stories of the paranormal are inescapable. Though Plattsburgh may not have been featured on these programs yet, visitors to the area can embark on their own ghostly adventures while taking a scenic walk or bike ride around town. Overlooking the western shore of Lake Champlain is perhaps Clinton County’s most widely-recognized paranormal sites, the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, where apparitions of soldiers are still said to stand guard. Along with the base’s War of 1812 museum, visitors can tour the…

A Guiding Hand to Equality: John Brown

John Brown’s body lies a-mouldering in the grave, but his soul goes marching on. Even if you recognize the song, and on the off chance you use “a-mouldering” in everyday speech, we bet you didn’t know the famed abolitionist John Brown called the Adirondacks home. Brown came to Northern New York in 1849, when he purchased 244 acres of land in North Elba, New York, near Lake Placid. There, he ran a farm and taught freed slaves how to establish their own. He stayed for five years before heading to Kansas to continue his fight against slavery. After 1855, he…

Look Inside Historical Kent-Delord House

Connecting with history on a personal level doesn’t always come easily. But in a home filled with history — real, visible human history laid out in hand-stitched quilts, penned letters and hairbrushes — it’s much easier to feel a kinship with strangers from the past. The Kent-Delord House Museum in Plattsburgh offers this up-close experience, telling the story of the locally famous Delords, one of the first families to settle the area in the 1790s. Entering the home — a two-story white farmhouse with shuttered windows — you’re met with the faint scent of old wood, with the rooms set…