What if the Red Coats Won?

The Red Coast are coming! Travel to an alternative universe, what would happen if the Yankees lost the War of 1812?

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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…