Hudson Falls in Washington County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Edward, NY
— July 27th, 1777 —
After her death, many claimed that this atrocity spurred area volunteers to fight in the Patriot army and help turn the tide of the Revolution with their support at the Battle of Saratoga. Stories of the young maid's beauty grew. There are no known contemporary images of Jane and later ones have shown her hair to be many colors, usually blonde or red. Later entrepreneurs used Jane's memory to sell all sorts of items. Songs, paintings, and prints were among the most popular. Pictures of Jane McCrea’s house on Broadway were very good sellers. Fort Edward resident George Harvey felled the famous tree near where Jane had been killed, the “Jane McCrea Tree” in the mid Nineteenth Century and created thousands of Jane McCrea souvenirs. Among the most popular items from this forest of Jane McCrea Trees came souvenir snuff boxes and canes.
In 1822 as the Champlain Canal was under construction, Jane McCrea's remains were removed from the East Bank of the Hudson River and placed in the McNeil lot in the State Street Burying Ground in Fort Edward. This was done with full ceremony. Thirty years later Jane's niece allowed her remains to be transferred to the Sandy Hill and Fort Edward Union Cemetery. In the early Twenty-first Century Jane’s remains were twice disinterred for scientific and historical purposes. It was found that two sets of female remains were in the grave, one of which was positively identified as Sarah NcNeil. It is thought that when Jane was moved to State Street that the two sets of remains became comingled. It was also discovered that reports of souvenir seekers stealing her bones in 1852 were true; however, most of the second, younger skeleton are present in the Union Cemetery gravesite minus her skull and a few other bones.
Erected by Rogers Island Visitors Center, Old Fort House Museum, Fort Edwards Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Revolutionary • Women.
Location. 43° 17.248′ N, 73° 35.161′ W. Marker is in Hudson Falls, New York, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from Broadway (U.S. 4), on the right when traveling north. Marker is in Union Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hudson Falls NY 12839, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Ghost Story of Duncan Campbell (a few steps from this marker); The Grave of Duncan Campbell & Jane McCrea (within shouting distance of this marker); Hon. Silas Wright (approx. 0.9 miles away); Washington County Civil War Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Memorial to Jane McCrea (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Jane McCrea (approx. one mile away); Sixteen Soldiers (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hudson Falls.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 77 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.