Champlain poised to celebrate anniversary

— The town of Champlain will celebrate its 225th anniversary on Aug. 17, with events planned throughout the village and town of Champlain.

The all-encompassing celebration will be held to honor the birth of the town of Champlain, the founder who helped established both the town and Clinton County as well as famous activists who established an abolitionist movement in the Canadian — United States border town. It will also be a day filled with plain old family fun.

“When you know where you came from you have a better direction of where to go next,” said Celine Paquette, founder of the Samuel De Champlain History Center in Champlain.

Paquette said the anniversary celebration will give people a chance to look back at the rich history of Champlain, which was established not long after the United State’s was established as a country.

“This day will be all about acknowledging the role our founders played in a different terrain, fighting with the British and other cultural divides. Most people don’t think about it but in 1788 we hadn’t been a country too long.”

Champlain Day will begin at 11 a.m. with a dedication of a historical marker. The metal plague will honor two local “law breakers,” Noadiah Moore and Caroline Mattocks Moore. The pair were key participants in the Champlain Line of the Underground Railroad, an illegal network of safe places which sheltered hundreds of fugitives from slavery as they made their way from the southern slave states to freedom in Canada before the Civil War.

The marker is a gift of the William Pomeroy Foundation and will be put in front of the Church of St. Mary, 86 Church Street, near the site of the Mooers home and Underground Railroad station.

“This new marker is an important part of our community’s dynamic history which mixes the stories of Native American, French, African-Americans and many others,” Paquette said.

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