DAR plaque rededicated during special ceremony at Point au Fer

Scales' daughter-in-law, Wanda Langley, who lives in his former home on Point au Fer today, said little was known about the remains other than they belonged to a soldier.

"Back then, they knew they were remains, but they didn't know if it was an American soldier or a British soldier," said Langley.

Scales kept the bones safely in the basement of his home, where they remained for 70 years. As planning for this year's celebration of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial progressed, the town's Quadricentennial planning committee decided it would be fitting to hold an official burial of the remains during this year's Memorial Day ceremonies.

However, the first order of business was to learn more about them.

An examination of the bones was conducted by Clinton County Coroner David Dona and local pathologist Michael Ludwig, who determined the bones were of a young soldier, approximately 5 feet to 5 feet, 3 inches tall. It is still unknown if the soldier was American or British.

Once the examination was complete, Charles Langley, Wanda Langley's son, crafted a small wooden box for the remains to be buried in, said Trombley. Cory Ross, owner of Ross Funeral Home in Mooers, donated a small vault to house the box for the burial.

White House recognition

The site of Point au Fer's White House was also recognized during the ceremony as a new marker was unveiled commemorating the fortification's historical significance.

Historian David Patrick had the honor of unveiling the marker donated by a group known as Friends of Champlain and giving a brief history of the site.

The White House was a two-story stone garrison built by the British in 1774, surrounded by a 12-foot high stockade. The house was overtaken by American forces in 1775 though was taken back by the British and was one of six sites held by British after the Revolutionary War, said Patrick.

Throughout the White House's history, Benjamin Franklin, Benedict Arnold, Ethan Allen and Gen. John Burgoyne were among those believed to have visited the site.

Though the house no longer stands there today, the importance of the White House in local history remains, said Patrick.

"The site right here is probably one of the most historic sites in all of Clinton County," he said.

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