FORT EDWARD — Several original timbers from a British Colonial fort that were ripped out accidentally by Hudson River dredgers four years ago are back home and going on public display after being preserved at a Vermont museum.
The six wooden remnants of Fort Edward were recently hauled by truck from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vergennes, Vt., to the Rogers Island Visitors Center in the village of Fort Edward, on the Hudson 45 miles north of Albany.
A dredging crew removing PCB-contaminated sediment from the river as part of General Electric’s ongoing cleanup project dislodged some of the timbers from the bank in August 2009. The timbers were the last visible remnants of a fort that was Britain’s largest in North America during the French and Indian War (1755-63). The artifacts are among the few surviving original remnants of the military outposts Britain built along the upper Hudson River-Lake George-Lake Champlain corridor in the Colonial era.
“It’s exciting for us to see this project come to a culmination and to share it with people,” said Chris Sabick, Maritime Museum’s archaeology director.
— Associated Press