In response to your editorial of March 2, “Preserve the past but respect the present, too,” I would like to share the efforts that the town of Lake George has done exactly for that purpose.
The town of Lake George, with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Lake George Battlefield Park (Fort George) Alliance, was awarded an American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) grant for our project, Analysis of Military Campaigns associated with Fort George and Environs. The project was completed in June 2018. The priority purpose of that grant was to systematically identify and catalogue historical resources within the town of Lake George utilizing maps, period diaries and other sources including local interviews. Hartgen Archaeological Associates was chosen as consultant to research and produce a comprehensive analysis of these historical resources. This has never been done before, and one of the prime purposes for this project was to assist the town and developers when new projects important to the growth of Lake George were being considered. This report is available to the public on the town website. While this report is extensive, there are likely historical resources that remain unidentified. For example, while we knew there had to be a cemetery associated with the American hospital for the Northern Campaign in 1776, its location was elusive despite extensive research. We are extremely grateful to Mr. Ruben Ellsworth for doing the “right thing” for these bones of our American patriots, at great cost to himself. We are hoping in the future the research available in the American Battlefield Protection Program report will assist other developers to avoid delays in necessary town development.
Lynda Karig Hohmann, MD, President, Lake George Battlefield Park (Fort George) Alliance