Historic site featured on TV

CROWN POINT Crown Point State Historic Site was featured in a telecast of the program, Bloodlines: Who Shot Wolfe? that was shown nationally over the Canadian network History Television on Sept. 13. British Lt. Gen. James Wolfe died at age 32 from wounds suffered on a Canadian battlefield on Sept. 13, 1759, just as his troops defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham at Quebec City. The 20-minute morning battle there contributed greatly to the success of the British conquest of New France, the great prize of the French and Indian War. Almost 250 years after his death, a descendent of Wolfes, Andrew Wolfe Burroughs, a London journalist, became curious as to whether or not Gen. Wolfe really died a heros death. So he undertook research seeking to discover whether the general was murdered, targeted by a deserter from his own ranks, a soldier who had a score to settle. Forensic clues, long forgotten records and GPS mapping were used to reconsider the circumstances surrounding Gen. Wolfes death and the whereabouts of one Henry Hamilton, who was eventually executed by the British at Crown Point in 1761. To follow the research trail, the program cuts from Quebec City to London and Greenwich, England, to Crown Point, back to London, to Ticonderoga, back to Quebec City, back to Crown Point, and finally to Quebec City and London again. The entire program runs for 46 minutes, not including the commercial breaks. Two minutes and 45 seconds of the yap films production showed the British fort ruin, standing barracks ruins and Lake Champlain vista at Crown Point State Historic Site, where professional archeologist Paul Huey provided historical information on behalf of the New York State Bureau of Historic Sites. For one minute and 15 seconds, nearby Fort Ticonderoga is shown, including comments provided by fort director Nicholas Westbrook. A production crew from yap films arrived from Toronto on Dec. 13, 2006, to shoot the authentic Crown Point ruins and to interview Crown Point research expert Paul R. Huey, PhD. Crown Point State Historic Site encompasses two registered national historic landmarks and is one of 35 historic sites and 170 parks operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. For more information contact the site office at 597-4666 to request information about the Friends of Crown Point organization.

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