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Calendar series continues with Dewey's Tavern

"Many American soldiers were buried here in mass graves after a siege of the stone mill in Lacolle in March of 1814," Patrick explained.

Today, the land is owned by the town of Champlain, after purchasing it from Louis and Rita Bedard, owners of the Dewey's Tavern home.

"This military burial site is the second most important military burial site in the town of Champlain, after the Revolutionary War site at Point au Fer," said Patrick. "I hope that the town will make the cemetery into a military memorial site as it is sacred ground."

How did Patrick come across all this historic information?

"Several articles written from 1936 to the 1970s gave an overview of the history of the tavern," he said. "But, they all seemed to recycle the same material."

Patrick included material he came across in the calendar, also adding the information he has accumulated over the years.

"I wanted to make this essay on Dewey's Tavern as comprehensive as possible," he said.

Patrick found information at Special Colllections at Feinberg Library at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, where he also came across old photographs. He also received information through the Clinton County Historical Association, and by located several Dewey relatives.

The money raised from the calendar sales will benefit the Glenwood Cemetery Association.

Where to find it

David Patrick's calendar may be purchased at several locations in the Champlain area including Kinney Drugs at the corner of State Route 9 and U.S. Route 11; the Village of Champlain Office, 1104 State Route 9; the Town of Champlain Office, 729 State Route 9; and Champlain Memorial Library, 148 Elm St.

The calendar is also available at Cornerstone Drug and Gift, 72 Champlain St., Rouses Point, and Conroy's Organics, 8173 State Route 9, Beekmantown. In Plattsburgh, the calendar may be purchased at the Corner-Stone Book Shop, 110 Margaret St.; Kent-Delord House Museum, 17 Cumberland Ave.; and the Clinton County Historical Association, 98 Ohio Ave.

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