Opportunities for Action: An Evolving Plan for the Future of the Lake Champlain Basin

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Chapter 9: Cultural Heritage and Recreation Resources


Support initiatives that promote sustainable recreational activities that feature the natural, cultural, and historical resources in the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.


Develop or improve natural and cultural heritage interpretative trails using wayside exhibits and other informative media.

  • Task ID #: 9.6.1
  • Lead Partners: LCBP

Task Comments

  • Date Posted: 11/02/11
  • Update Relevancy: 05/11 - 11/11
  • Comment Posted By: Lake Champlain Basin Program
  • Sub-watershed: Bouquet/Ausable, Grand Isle, Saranac/Chazy
  • Jurisdiction: NY/VT

The War of 1812 Interpretive Trail was inaugurated on September 5, 2011, just prior to the Battle of Plattsburgh Weekend in Plattsburgh, New York. Exhibits have been developed for Dewey’s Tavern, Pliny Moore House and Commissary/Encampment/Raid in Champlain; Pike’s Cantonment and Halsey’s Corners in the Town of Plattsburgh; Culver Hill and 1st Bloody Encounter in Beekmantown; and the Kent-Delord House and African-American heritage at the site of the Melancton Smith home in the City of Plattsburgh; the U.S./Canada Border in Alburgh; and the USS Saratoga in Schuylerville.

The CVNHP provided interpretive, translation and design assistance along with complete fabricated interpretive signs—an estimated $1,500 value—at the 11 sites. Each new sign includes a “QR code” for use by “smartphones,” which when the code is photographed by the phone, the user is directed to a website: http://1812war.org/.

The project was partially funded through a partnership with the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

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