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Plattsburgh in Clinton County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Delord House

1810-1913

 
 
The Delord House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Heidi Schwarzmueller, November 11, 2017
1. The Delord House Marker
Inscription.
The DeLord House, 1810-1913, A Social Hub During the War of 1812
La maison Delord 1810-1913: bastion de la vie sociale Durant la guerre de 1812


In August 1810, Henry and Betsey Delord purchased the house they would enlarge and their family would occupy for three generations. The home became a social center, especially after the outbreak of war in June 1812, when the conflict brought a series of notable military men and their wives to Plattsburgh.

Operating from one of the outbuildings, Delord and his friend William Bailey sold a wide range of goods. In mid-August 1814, several weeks before the British invasion, General Macomb pleaded with Bailey an Delord to extend credit to officers and soldiers, assuring the merchants that they would be repaid as soon as the men were paid.

Before the Battle of Plattsburgh, Henry and his family fled their house, which was then occupied by British officers. After the Americans won the battle, Delord and Bailey went into debt in order to sell to the troops on credit. Imagine their surprise when the soldiers were either discharged and sent home or reassigned to military posts all over the country. The dispersal of the troops presented the partners with a daunting problem: how to collect the $20,000 of unpaid bills. When Henry Delord died in March 1825 at the age of
The Delord House & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Heidi Schwarzmueller, November 11, 2017
2. The Delord House & Marker
Marker is at the southeast corner of the building, pictured here at the left.
60, his claims against the government were still outstanding. Despite continuing efforts by Betsey and William Bailey, the debt was never repaid.

Henry Delord’s personal finances were devastated by his willingness to extend credit to American soldiers and sailors on the eve of the Battle of Plattsburgh.

Among the acquaintances of Plattsburgh hostess Betsey Delord were Thomas Macdonough, Zebulon Pike, George Izard, and Alexander Macomb.

Thomas Macdonough returned to Plattsburgh for a visit in the fall of 1822 and presented the Delords with this portrait painted by George Freeman.

Betsey buried this silver service in the garden before the British arrived and recovered following their retreat.

When the British officers retreated, one of them forgot his tea chest.

En août 1810, Henry et Betsey Delord achètent la maison a fin de la rènover et de l’agrandir pour y ètre à l’aise pendant trois générations. Leur maison devint un des centres de la vie sociale de la región dès la dèclaration de guerre en juin 1812, qui vit l’arrivèe à Plattsburgh de plusieurs notables militaires avec leur famille.

D’un bàtiment secondaire, Mr. Delord et son ami William Bailey vendaient une large gamme de merchandise aux rèsidents de Plattsburgh. En août 1814, plusieurs semaines avant l'invasion des troupes britanniques, le général Macomb
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By Heidi Schwarzmueller, November 11, 2017
3. The Delord House & Headquarters Marker
pria les deaux marchants de prolonger le credit des officiers et des soldats, leur garantissant qu'ils seraient payés aussitot qe ses hommes toucheraient leur payé.

Henry et sa famille quittèrent leur maison juste avant la bataille de Plattsburgh. Les officiers britanniques l’occupèrent jusqu à la Victoire des américains. De retour à leurs affaires, Delord et Bailey continuèrent à crédit aux troupes américaines que se virent disperser ailleurs au pays ou renvoyer dans leur famille laissant les deux hommes endettés pour plus de $20,000. A sa mort en mars 1825 à l'âge de 60 ans, Henry Delond n’avait par encore été payé le gouvernement. Malgré les efforts soutenus de sa Betsey et de William Bailey, la dette ne fut jamais réglée.

Les finances personnelles de Henry Delord furent dévastées par sa décision d'accorder plus de crédits aux marins et américains à la veille de la bataille de Plattsburgh.

Parmi les relations sociales de Betsey Delord, on retrouvaient Thomas Macdonough, Zebulon Pike, George Izard et Alexander Macomb.

En automne 1822, Thomas Macdonough retourna à Plattsburgh pour une courte visite et offrit aux Delords cette peinture crée par l’artiste George Freeman.

Betsey enterré ce service de thé en argent dans son jardin avant l'arrrivée des troupes que les Britanniques et le récupéra après leur départ.

A la retraite des officiers britanniques, l'un d'eux oublia son coffre à thé.
 
Erected by Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership.
 
Location. 44° 42.025′ N, 73° 26.878′ W. Marker is in Plattsburgh, New York, in Clinton County. Marker is on Cumberland Avenue 0.1 miles east of Sailly Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 Cumberland Avenue, Plattsburgh NY 12901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Headquarters (a few steps from this marker); Plattsburg Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Champlain (within shouting distance of this marker); MacDonough Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thomas Macdonough Memorial Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Macdonough Monument - 1926 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Heritage Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Building (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Plattsburgh.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 15, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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