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Montcalm descendant to visit Lake George

LAKE GEORGE Most visitors to Lake George find it a place of sunshine, water and fun. But 250 years ago, the fiercest battle of the French and Indian War was fought on the same ground and water that is now a mecca for fun and recreation.

Village Trustee Marisa Muratori said there are many events to commemorate the battle that ended with the famous massacre of the fleeing masses from Fort William Henry.

We want to put people in contact with what happened in 1757, Muratori said. We want to acclimate them to the fact that they are walking on a battleground and a graveyard.

On Thursday, Aug. 9, the Marquis de Montcalm will arrive in Lake George as a guest of the village. The marquis, Georges Savarin de Marestan of France, is a descendent of the victorious and beloved General Montcalm.

He is a superstar in the world of reeanactors, Muratori said. Before we contacted him, he had no idea how important General Montcalm is to our history. Hes discovering his history and we learn something about ourselves as Americans and what this country is all about.

Monsieur de Marestan is an educated gentleman of standing who is a historian of the French and Indian War. He will attend a lakeside symphony by the Lake George Community Band on Thursday evening, and tour historic sites in the area.

De Marestan will also enjoy dinner at the Montcalm Restaurant with local dignitaries while here.

On Saturday, Aug. 11, there will be an actual surrender ceremony at Fort William Henry, where de Marestan will also be in attendance.

Weve invited Gov. Spitzer and everyone else on down, Muratori said. It will take place at 1 p.m., right where it actually happened on the grounds of the Fort William Henry, and the public is invited to the ceremony.

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