Update: Heritage Trail Becomes a Reality in Plattsburgh

Friday 8/15/14 - Plattsburgh’s City Council voted to support a new historic walking trail on Thursday Evening..  The Committee is hoping the City’s DPW will help with placement and installation..  The project in the City Council Chambers was spearheaded by Councilman Josh Kretzer..

—————- Below from Thursday 8/14/14

Plattsburgh’s City Council meets tonight and one item on the agenda includes allowing the placement of historic markers on historic locations in the city..  During a recent work-session, Councilman Josh Kretzer said the committee is looking forward to getting started on the installation of commemorative plaques at key locations..

Councilman Josh Kretzer says the committee is looking forward to getting started on the installation of commemorative plaques at key locations..

Kretzer says it will be a true collaboration between the city, historians of the area and community businesses..  the group hopes to fabricate historical landmark signs made of steel and cast aluminum similar to some of the state’s signs..

AUDIO – 073014 – Heritage Trail in Plattsburgh Takes Shape

A number of the locations are owned by private residents and the committee has reached out and received permission from most of those residents to place markers at those locations and as for how they are to be displayed..

The first 20 signs would Start at 30 City Hall Place, and continue through the following locations;

46 City Hall Place ; The Ark – c. 1803

On May 2, 1815 the first meeting ofthe inhabitants ofthe Village ofPlattsburgh to elect officers took place at The Ark, a popular hotel kept by David Douglass near this site. The hotel burned in 1832.

42 City Hall Place ~MacdonoughMonument .. 1926

A majestic memorial to the American naval victory in 1814, this 135-foot tall monument was designed by John Russell Pope. Inscribed near the base are the names ofThomas Macdonough’s primary vessels.

41 City Hall Place – City Hall ..1917

City Hall was built in 1917 in the Classical design ofJohn Russell Pope, who also designed the Jefferson Memorial in Washington. Loyal Smith, Plattsburgh’s first major philanthropist, provided most ofthe funding with a generous bequest.

18 Trinity Place – Trinity Episcopal Church .. 1830

Plattsburgh’s oldest public building, erected in 1830, exemplifies the early period ofAmerican Gothic Revival architecture. Reverend John Henry Hopkins, rector 1872- 1877, was the author ofthe hymn “We Three Kings.”

19 Trinity Place – Trinity Square .. 1803

When Trinity Square was laid out in 1803, this area was mostly a swamp. At the east end was a hay-weighing scale whose use was required by all who sold hay locally and stalls for produce, the original farmers’ market.

133 Margaret Street Old Court House .. 1889

A brick and stone Courthouse opened in 1889 alongside the 1884 County Surrogate Building. This formidable Romanesque structure replaced previous Courthouses on this same site.

I Cumberland Avenue – Smith Weed House and Park – 1870s

The most prominent resident ofthis impressive house was Smith W. Weed, an industrialist who promoted railroads, hotels, a hospital, and the Plattsburgh Theatre. Weed also developed a lakeside park across from his Cumberland Avenue home.

9 Cumberland Avenue – Oliver Davidson House – c. 1800

The Davidson family was noted for its poetess daughters, Lucretia (1808-1825) and Margaret (1823-1838), one the ward ofMoss Kent, the other ofWashington Irving. The two remarkable girls wrote poetry highly admired in their day.

17 Cumberland Avenue – BaileylDelord/Hall House – 1797

William Bailey built a simple dwelling on this site in 1797. Henry and Betsey Delord rebuilt the house just prior to the War of 1812. It remained in the family until their granddaughter died in 1913 and became a museum in 1928.

30 Cumberland Avenue – Champlain Monument – 1912

This monument, designed by Champlain native Hugh McLellan and consisting ofa statue and pedestal standing on a terrace, pays tribute to the French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who first encountered the lake in 1609. cross walking bridge at River Walk

20 Green Street – Foundry – 1830s

Getting its waterpower from the flume under Bridge Street, this stone building was a foundry in the 1830s. The foundry took advantage ofthe rushing water ofthe Saranac River and may be the oldest commercial structure in the area.

65 Bridge Street – Hartwell Foundry and Machine Shop – c. 1866

Originally a foundry and machine shop built by prosperous merchant, banker, and manufacturer William W. Hartwell during the development ofthis area as an industrial pocket ofthe village.

Comer Bridge/Green – Charles de Fredenburg House – c. 1769

The first settlement in Plattsburgh was made by Charles de Fredenburg near this site prior to 1769. He erected a dwelling near here on the south bank ofthe Saranac River as well as a saw mill at the rapids, still known as Fredenburg Falls.

Comer Bridge/Green – Israel Green Tavern – c. 1795

Clark’s Inn, adjacent to Clark’s Landing on the north side of Bridge Street, was built about 1795 by John Clark. It was later taken over by Joseph Israel Green, who tuned the place into a social center. It was known as the United States Hotel when it burned in 1868.

83 Bridge Street – Stone Grist Mill- 1800

Site ofthe 1800 stone grist mill defended by the young men ofAiken’s Volunteers during the Battle of Plattsburgh. This brick structure was built in 1876 as a flouring mill, producing upwards of200 barrels offlour a day.

100 Bridge Street – Benjamin Mooers House – c. 1803

Benjamin Mooers bought this house in 1814 and lived here until his death in 1838. He was a Major General in the War of1812. During the Battle ofPlattsburgh this building served as General Alexander Macomb’s headquarters.

130 Bridge Street – Fouquet House – 1865

The Macdonough House, built on this site by John Fouquet, burned in 1864. It was rebuilt in 1865 by his son with luxurious gardens and landscaping as the first grand hotel in Plattsburgh. At one time it was owned by Adirondack Hotelier Paul Smith.

18 Dock Street – D&H Railroad Complex – 1886

A fine example ofVictorian architecture, this building had steam heat, electricity, ticket office, baggage room, and a lunch room. Plattsburgh was known as the Gateway City catering to Adirondack adventurers coming by rail or steamboat. foot ofDock Street at lake at Peace Point

Dock Slip – c. 1815 –

Slip where steamboats and ferries delivered freight and passengers to Plattsburgh.

49-51 Bridge Street – Wonderland Electric Theatre – 1907

The Wonderland Electric Theatre was the first motion-picture theatre in Plattsburgh. It began operation in 1907 and continued to entertain citizens until 1921. The building was demolished in 1930 to make room for a new bridge.



Benjamin Mooers House, 106 Bridge Street

Fouquet House, 130 Bridge Street

Moss Kent Platt House, 18 Macomb Street

Samuel Lowell House, 22 Macomb Street

St. John Skinner House, 28 Macomb Street

Herbert Barber House, 30 Macomb Street

Zephaniah Platt House Site, Hamilton Street

Jean Arthur

Cumberland Hotel site

Weed Building

Sailing house

Macdonough Monument, City Hall Place- pedstl

Smith Weed Bridge/Park

Smith Weed House, 1 Cumberland Avenue

Oliver Davidson House, 9 Cumberland Avenue

Bailey/Delord/Hall House, 17 Cumberland Avenue

Champlain Monument, Cumberland Avenue

Trinity Park/Market Square

St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, 18 Broad Street

Charles Platt House Site, 24-26 Broad Street

Israel Green Tavern Site, Bridge Street

United States Hotel Site, corner of Pike and Bridge Streets

D&H Railroad Station, Bridge Street

American Hotel at Iris’

Ashley’s furniture

Witheral Hotel

Chataguey ore and island company Supreme Court

Hagar Block

Methodist church and jewish synagogue

Levy Brothers on Margaret Street

Cornerstone bookstore survived fire

KoffeeKat – survived great fire

8 City Hall- survived great fire

City Hall, City Hall Place – plaque

Trinity Episcopal Church

Old Court House, corner of Margaret and Court Streets

Dunham House/British Hospital, 48 Court Street

First Baptist Church, 38 Oak Street

Plattsburgh Academy, 19 Oak Street

Strand Theatre, Brinkerhoff Street

First Presbyterian Church, 34 Brinkerhoff Street

Hunter’s Tavern, 45 Broad Street

Sperry’s Tavern, 48 Broad Street

Bridge Street Bridge with 1897 plaque

De Fredenburgh House Site, Bridge Street


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