Crown Point Crown Point will celebrate 225 years as a township in 2013 with the publication of a historic guide book.
“We hope that this booklet will get into the hands of long time Crown Point natives, visitors to the Champlain Valley and new residents to our community,” said Kama Ingleston, who edited the book. “When you shine a light on the history of one town you encourage people to investigate history as a whole and that’s good for everyone.”
Crown Point became an incorporated town March 23, 1788. To mark the anniversary the Penfield Homestead Museum has published the “Historic Guide to Crown Point, New York – Celebrating 225 Years – 1788 – 2013.”
The 40-page book took a year to produce and is sponsored by the Ticonderoga Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, The Gabriel Fund, White Church III Association and the Honey Bee Fund of Essex.
“The history of Crown Point is much, much older than 1788,” Ingleston noted. “Fort St. Frederic was built and occupied by the French in the 1730s and many historians believe that Samuel de Champlain fought the battle with Iroquois in July 1609 on this peninsula.”
Crown Point was one of the first towns in the North Country, Joan Hunsdon, Crown Point town historian, said.
“The state of New York was very busy in 1788,” she said. “In March of that year the whole state was officially divided into towns and Crown Point was one of four — Champlain, Plattsburgh, Willsboro and Crown Point — in the Clinton County. Essex County did not come to be until 1799, over 10 years later.”
The historic guide is contains facts, information on people, photos, sketches, maps and a timeline of Crown Point history.
Printed in full color by Crown Point Telephone Corporation, the guide will be available at Penfield Homestead Museum and at selected area sites throughout the year..