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Henry Delord gets new grave marker

An anonymous donor adds marker to prominent citizen’s grave in Riverside cemetery

A new marker adorns the grave side of Henry Delord, a prominent Plattsburgh historical figure in the early 1800s.

A new marker adorns the grave side of Henry Delord, a prominent Plattsburgh historical figure in the early 1800s.

— Henry Delord’s gravestone is showing the ravages of time, and the inscription on its face is barely readable.

But now, an anonymous donor has donated a marker to accompany the historical grave stone, which mirrors the fading inscription found on its marble face.

With Delord’s grave residing in Riverside Cemetery, and not on the grounds of the Kent-Delord House, its deteriorated condition went largely unnoticed until a Kent-Delord House volunteer noticed it, and took it upon themselves to do something about it.

“I am pleased and thankful to have such great people who volunteer at the Kent-Delord House Museum,” said Connie Mandeville, interim director at the Kent-Delord House, in a press release. “Thankfully the volunteer took on this project and made sure that future generations will be able to see and read Henry’s grave.”

Delord’s family was prominent in Plattsburgh in the 1800s. Delord moved to Plattsburgh from the Peru Quaker Union in 1811. He lived and owned a general store, the Red Store, at the 17 Cumberland Avenue location where the Kent-Delord House Museum now sits. According to Mandeville, Delord and his business partner William Bailey were the only store owners who would allow U.S. soldiers to buy on credit in the days leading up to the 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh.

The Kent-Delord House was most notably the British headquarters during the Battle of Plattsburgh, but now stands as a museum telling the history of three generations of Delords, and their impact on the North Country.

“The work on Henry’s grave just reminds us that we still don’t know where Henry’s wife Betsey Delord is buried,” Mandeville adds. “Perhaps one day soon that mystery will be solved.”

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