PLATTSBURGH — If you listen to Matt Boire, Plattsburgh is full of ghosts.
They frequent downtown as the disembodied products of murder, and they still patrol the property of the old base as soldiers of a bygone, but not forgotten, era.
Boire, who is the sole tour guide for the Greater Adirondack Ghost and Tour Company, loves to tell true stories about the region’s rich history.
The ghosts, he said, just go with the territory.
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“You can’t have one without the other,” Boire said. “Plattsburgh was founded in 1785. Anywhere you have that rich of a history, that depth of time, there always seems to be that other layer that’s left behind.”
Maybe he’s right.
Plattsburgh, it turns out, does have a lot of history, and with it comes an eerie past.
As Boire strolls through downtown with a tour group in tow, wearing a tall stove pipe hat and black, Abraham Lincoln suit, he gestures to buildings and street corners and tells tales of what life in Plattsburgh used to be like.
“I can walk through these streets and visualize what it looked like 100 years ago,” Boire said. “I like to make that connection with people, and let them know what happened right where they’re standing.”
Boire’s delivery is witty and engaging, even as he describes characters like Dr. Beaumont, the famed U.S. Army surgeon who became known as the “Father of Gastric Physiology.”
But Beaumont, whom Beaumont Hall on the Plattsburgh State campus is named after, had a dark side.
During “Dr. Beaumont’s Tour of Terror,” Boire stops at a plaque indicating the former site of Beaumont’s office, and explains in grim detail how the man performed the experiments that gave him so much knowledge on all things gastrointestinal.