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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…

(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 13 children, the family moved to Champlain in 1797 and lived in a log cabin, now behind the tavern, for three years while the main building was being finished. Because their home was on the only road to Canada, the Deweys transformed the tavern into a military hospital and camp and catered to soldiers between 1812 and 1815.

After the war, the tavern became the site for prisoner-swap negotiations between the British and Americans, says David Patrick, a descendent of Pliny Moore, founder of the town of Champlain.

Although the 215-year-old tavern is private property, Patrick, who has placed panels along the side of the house describing the history for passing drivers, says it’s still worth a visit. He says it’s a great spot to stop by and take in the historic site that played a role in the war that saved America from the British army.

Issue 7: Summer/Fall 2016

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