Warren County Historical Society Presents …

The Digital Version “REWIND”

May 1, 2019

 

Yes, George, Washington Was Here

 

 

The following article was taken from The Glens Falls Times, 1963 Warren County Sesquicentennial Edition, Section Two, page 11.

County Was Visited by Washington

          One hundred and eighty years ago, George Washington, heading a group of Revolutionary War heroes, visited historic spots in the Glens Falls area, including Fort Amherst (now a part of the northern area of the city), Fort Frederick and Fort Ticonderoga.

 

          The colorful entourage of the country’s dignitaries on horseback occurred after the energetic years of the Revolution with the cessation of hostilities when the “Father of His Country” and his contemporary statesmen were awaiting the signing of a definite treaty between Great Britain and her erstwhile colonies.

          Dr. W. A. E. Cummings in an account of the historic trip, which appeared in local newspapers on March 28, 1931, said “It seems an especially happy choice on the part of our First President, when his thoughts…were turning to peace as world thoughts now are, that …he should which to visit that section, where not only the die was cast in an earlier was that made this an Anglo-Saxon country, but where the battles were fought that crowned with victory the banners of the colonists struggling for liberty.

          “Thus it was that shortly after the middle of the summer of 1783 George Washington and Governor Clinton set out from headquarters at Newburgh on the Hudson to make at the same time a pilgrimage and history by visiting with their respective military staffs the outposts of the upper Hudson and the northern lakes as far as Fort Ticonderoga.  Fort Frederick and Amherst at Ticonderoga and Crown Point, from which place they retraced their steps by way of Saratoga Spa and into the Valley of the Mohawk on their way to Fort Stanwix on the westward, then south and eastward until they are reported to have made headquarters at Newburgh on their return, covering some seven hundred and fifty miles in 19 days.”

 

Anyone wishing to see the entire issue of the Warren County Sesquicentennial edition by The Glens Falls Times can visit us at our Gurney Lane office on Tuesdays or Thursdays.  Call us 518-743-0734.

 

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