War of 1812
Lake Champlain was a hub of activity during the War of 1812 and the years leading up to it. With the Canadian Border on the North end of the lake, the Champlain Valley was known for smuggling, and also for skirmishes between the British and the Americans. Plattsburgh was home to many soldiers during the War of 1812 to protect the Canadian border and Lake Champlain since it was a major avenue of commerce during that time. Unfortunately, the federal government was not paying their soldiers and General Alexander Macomb had to beg Henry Delord and his business partner William Bailey to allow the soldiers to buy on credit at the Red Store. Find out more about the War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley, and the deep patriotism of Henry Delord!
The British were coming in the September of 1814. People throughout the North Country were preparing for the British traveling by land and by sea, coming from the North. By September 11th, 1814, Plattsburgh was filled with turmoil and bloodshed. Many fled the area, including the Delords. While the Delords fled to the Peru Quaker Union, the British utilized their home as their headquarters. Learn more about the British occupation of the Kent-Delord House and what the British left behind for you to see.
Learn more about the most decisive naval victory of the War of 1812! The Battle of Plattsburgh of 1814 has been recognized by President Theodore Roosevelt as an important naval victory, but the battle is also recognized for putting the United States in a negotiating position at the end of the War.