Forgotten War: The Struggle for North America


French & Indian War Grand Encampment at Fort Ticonderoga, courtesy of

A documentary about the French and Indian War  was created by northern New York’s Mountain Lakes PBS, the smallest public broadcasting station in the United States. It’s now being picked up by several other PBS stations, an honor for the tiny Adirondacks area station.

The Adironack Almanack blog tells a more complete story about the documentary, which plays out at Fort Ticonderoga on the occasion of the war’s 250th anniversary.

“For five years—from 1755 to 1760—the battles raged at Lake George, Crown Point, Fort Ticonderoga, and Quebec as France, Britain and the native peoples of North America fought to decide who would control the crucial highway of rivers and lakes between New York and the city of Montreal, ” reported the Adirondack Almanack.  Read the Almanack for more.  Here’s a brief history of the war.

Harpers Ferry 150th Anniversary, Re-enactment

John Brown's Fort

John Brown's Fort

John Brown

John Brown

Friday, October 16th, will be the 150th anniversary of the anti-slavery raid on Harpers Ferry that ended in the trial and execution of John Brown of North Elba, New York.

John Brown was convinced he could free the slaves, and Harpers Ferry was where he started this noble campaign. He wanted to seize the arsenal’s 100,000 weapons at the Arsenal and to wage guerrilla warfare in the Blue Ridge Mountains. His 21-soldier raid on Harper’s Ferry began Sunday, October 16, 1859.  Less than 2 days later, however, most of his followers were either killed or wounded, and he was captured. The fire station where he was found by U.S. Marines is now known as John Brown’s Fort.

Brown was tried and found guilty of treason, and of conspiracy with slaves to rebel, and to murder. On December 2, 1859 he was hanged.

Adirondack Almanack, one of my favorite blogs from New York’s Adirondack Park, announced today that an “Anniversary Procession” will take place from the Kennedy Farm to Harpers Ferry. The Farm is where Brown and his compatriots spent their final few weeks before the raid.

An anecdote about the annual procession is posted on Adirondack Almanack from Tim Rowland, author of High Peaks: A History of Hiking the Adirondacks from Noah to Neoprene. Rowland, who lives about 10 miles from the Kennedy farm, is an Adirondack 46er, one of a group of hikers that have hiked to the top of all 46 mountain peaks in the Adirondacks.

Adirondack Entertainment Memories

Gaslight Village as it used to be

Gaslight Village as it used to be

I recently discovered the Adirondack Almanack blog in my research for my next telework book. There’s a big push by Clarkson University and local decision-makers to create a number of telework centers in the broadband-deprived area as a way of luring longer-term residents to the resort area.

Adirondack Almanack’s John Warren has just posted a great story about the history of its amusement parks, and one man who was responsible for many – Arto Monaco. Through this post and its links we can wander around Gaslight Village, StoryTown, FrontierTown, Old MacDonald’s Farm, the Land of MakeBelieve and Santa’s Workshop. Enjoy!