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History tours envisioned for Lake George visitors

LAKEGEORGE-Beginning in several months, tourists will be taken back into time to hear about life centuries ago, as historical tours that originate in the village's Visitor Center will likely be offered this summer.

The Lake George Village Board expressed enthusiasm Monday, March 21 over a proposal presented by Luisa Craige-Sherman to conduct history tours, in period dress for groups gathering at the village-owned center.

Luisa Craige-Sherman and her husband, Kevin Sherman, professional living history re-enactors, would conduct the tours on weekends during the summer and early fall to various sites in the town and village of Lake George.

Mayor Blais said the tours would be a welcome addition to the village. He added that the Visitors Center was an appropriate place for the tours to begin, despite the fact the tours are a for-profit venture, because of the center's large topographical map and informative displays which would appropriately orient the visitor.

"I think this will be a great service for our tourists," he said, noting that the village government would be drafting a mutual operating agreement for the tours, similar to how the village deals with carriage rides.

Blais noted that although Craige-Sherman is Executive Director of the Lake George Chamber of Commerce - which provides paid staffing for the center - he perceived no conflict of interest occurring in the arrangement.

Craige-Sherman said she expected the tours to be offered all summer through mid-October, and they'd last about 90 minutes to two hours.

She said the highlights of the tour would likely include the site of the sunken bateau near Blais Park and Fort William Henry - both helping depict life during the French and Indian War - and Fort George, a French and Indian War and Revolutionary War site.

Craige-Sherman said she and her husband have nearly 50 years combined experience in conducting professional history interpretation at state and national historic sites stretching from Nova Scotia to Colonial Williamsburg.

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