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Citizens pay tribute to Warren County’s 200-year history

French & Indian War re-enactors, Legionnaires and a bagpiper lead Warren County officials into the Old County Courthouse in Lake George for the signature celebration of the county’s Bicentennial held June 12 in Lake George Village, where local government matters were conducted for  about 150 years.

French & Indian War re-enactors, Legionnaires and a bagpiper lead Warren County officials into the Old County Courthouse in Lake George for the signature celebration of the county’s Bicentennial held June 12 in Lake George Village, where local government matters were conducted for about 150 years. Photo by Thom Randall.

— With flourishes of pageantry and pride, nearly 200 people formally celebrated Warren County’s bicentennial in a ceremony June 12.

The event, featuring a staged meeting of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, was held in the municipality’s historic headquarters, the Old County Courthouse in Lake George.

To begin the session, Warren County supervisors were ceremoniously marched into the courthouse, led by French & Indian War re-enactors, a county American Legion color guard, and a bagpiper.

Conducting the meeting was Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Geraghty, who welcomed the audience that filled the well-preserved brick courthouse. Outside, dozens watched the proceedings on closed-circuit television.

County American Legion Post Commander Gene Pierce led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Legionnaires presented an 1813 American flag to county officials.

Lake George Deputy Town Supervisor Vincent Crocitto noted Lake George’s role in history, recalling Thomas Jefferson’s famous letter to his daughter which read in part, “Lake George is without comparison — the most beautiful water I ever saw.”

Crocitto introduced Lake George Mayor Robert Blais, noting he was the longest-serving mayor in New York State.

“We need to preserve Warren County for the next 200 years,” Blais said, noting that area citizens should be stewards of the region’s environment on behalf of future generations. “For 200 years, Warren County, and all of our lakes in Warren County, and particularly Lake George, is synonymous with fun, recreation, history, pleasure and pristine quality.”

Lake George Town Board member Marisa Muratori recounted a brief history of Warren County since the French & Indian War, as well as a historical account of the Old County Courthouse, and how it was saved from impending destruction.

“We do love our very rich history here in Warren County, where momentous nation-building events took place and great inventions of science and the arts were inspired,” she said.

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