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Fort Anne in Washington County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Anne

“Gateway to North”

 
 
Fort Anne Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
1. Fort Anne Marker
Fort Anne was a fortification built in the wilderness in 1757, at the junction of Halfway Creek and Wood Creek.
Inscription.  
Here stood five forts
1680 – 1777
on route between Lake
Champlain & Hudson River.

 
Erected 1932 by New York State Education Department.
 
Location. 43° 24.987′ N, 73° 29.244′ W. Marker is in Fort Anne, New York, in Washington County. Marker is at the intersection of George Street (U.S. 4) and Charles Street (County Route 16), on the right when traveling south on 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. Old Well (a few steps from this marker); Half-Way Creek (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Anne (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Anne First Baptist Church (approx. mile away); Fort Ann War Memorial / Henry Sartwell / Lester Archer (approx. mile away); Old Stone House Library (approx. 0.3 miles away); Old Powder House Fort Ann (approx. 0.4 miles away); Battle Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Anne.
 
Regarding Fort Anne.
Marker in Fort Anne image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
2. Marker in Fort Anne
The July 8, 1777 Battle of Fort Anne may have been the first time that Americans fought under the Betsy Ross flag. Unfortunately, that flag was captured by the British.
One of the captions mentions the "Betsy Ross flag." If indeed the Stars & Stripes was first flown in battle at Fort Anne, as we in the local historical society believe, it was not a Betsy Ross version with the circle of stars. Rather, the stars were scattered across the blue field.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Fort Anne. (Submitted on July 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Battle of Fort Anne map. (Submitted on August 19, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraMilitaryNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Fort Anne Well image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 13, 2008
3. Fort Anne Well
This site, near the marker, was the location of the well used in Fort Anne. The fort was built before the Revolutionary War by Queen Anne of England.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,352 times since then and 33 times this year. Last updated on October 1, 2012, by Mary Lutz of Fort Ann, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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