Fort Ann in Washington County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Lakes to Locks Passage
The Champlain Canal Region
— Fort Ann —
When war gave way to settlement, the nearly level terrain presented the most promising route for a canal connecting Lake Champlain to the Hudson River. When the Champlain Canal opened in 1823, it made Fort Ann an inland port. The canal also served as a route for fugitive slaves in the decades before the Civil War. The Wray Farm, the Old Stone House Library and a cave at Kane's Falls are all sites associated with the “Underground Railroad.”
Places of Interest
• Boating, fishing and swimming on Lake George's Log Bay, Pilot Knob, Shelving Rock and Kattskill Bay can be accessed from Buttermilk Falls Road and Pilot Knob Road.
• Access to the Champlain Canal can be found at the Lock 11 picnic area and at the foot of Clay Hill Bridge, just off U.S. RT 4.
• Wilderness camping at state-owned sites on the islands and eastern shore of Lake George is accessible from Buttermilk Falls Road.
• One of Fort Ann's oldest buildings now serves as the Old Stone House Library on George Street U.S. RT 4 in the village.
• South of the town, the community of Hudson Falls is located at a dramatic bend in the Hudson River, with the river's highest waterfall. The Feeder Canal Trail provides miles of easy biking, walking and canoeing.
• To the north, Whitehall showcases canal history at the Skenesborough Museum and Urban Cultural Park and a commanding view of the northernmost lock on the Champlain Canal from Skene Manor.
• To the west, Queensbury and Lake George Village offer shopping and amusement parks for the whole family to enjoy.
• The Champlain Canal towpath provides access to the old Champlain Canal Locks 16 & 17 (circa 1857), near the Clay Hill Bridge, as well as miles of easy walking or biking — and terrific snowmobiling during winter. Photo by Kim Bender.
• Buttermilk Falls Road and Pilot Knob Road provide access to the mountainous western region of Fort Ann. Hiking and horseback riding trails to Pilot Knob, Buck Mountain, Sleeping Beauty and Shelving Rock offer dramatic views of Lake George. Photo by Kim Bender.
• Now a destination for paddlers from Halfway Brook and the Champlain Canal, Kanes Falls was the source of power for a forge in the 18th century, a woolen mill in the 19th century and a hydroelectric plant in the early 20th century. Photo courtesy of Fort Ann Historical Society.
Waypoint Communities are poised to greet the traveler along Lakes to Locks Passage, offering sites to visit, lodging, dining and shopping experiences.
The Four Lives
Natural Forces and Native Peoples shaped the landscape and culture of the inland waterway rich with resources.
Conflict and Settlement traces the exploration, warfare and peacekeeping activities of nation-building along the waterway.
Corridor of Commerce explores the trade in furs, timber, stone, minerals, farm products and technology that flows through these valleys.
Magnet for Tourism reveals the evolution of tourism and stewardship of the environment.
Lakes to Locks Passage takes you through a spectacular landscape laden with history. Follow this map to find your way through four story-filled regions that connect the historic waters of Lake Champlain and Lake George with the Champlain Canal and Hudson River to the south and the Chambly Canal to the Richelieu and St. Lawrence Rivers of Quebec to the north.
• Overlooking Lake George. Photo by Gary Randorf.
Erected by State of New York, New York Scenic Byways, America’s
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RR • Forts or Castles • War, US Revolutionary • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 43° 25.139′ N, 73° 29.204′ W. Marker is in Fort Ann, New York, in Washington County. Marker is on George Street (U.S. 4) 0.1 miles north of Crandall Lane, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located in the Fort Ann interpretive pull-out on the west side of George Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Ann NY 12827, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Ann Through History (a few steps from this marker); Fort Anne (within shouting distance of this marker); Half-Way Creek (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Well (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Anne (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oldest House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Anne First Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Ann War Memorial / Henry Sartwell / Lester Archer (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Ann.
Also see . . . Fort Ann, New York (Wikipedia). Fort Ann is located on the historic route linking the French and English colonies. The area was the site of several forts (Submitted on April 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.