Final Salem Courthouse Talk Covers Lake George Battlefield
The 2016 History Talk Series at the Salem Courthouse Community Center has been very well attended and informative. The third and final talk will take place on Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., with Washington County Historical Society president Patrick Niles discussing the Lake George Battlefield. This 35-acre parcel of land resting on the shore of Lake George is steeped in history; it was the scene of heavy fighting against the Algonquin and Iroquois Indian tribes during the French and Indian War from 1754 to 1763 as well as the American Revolution. Niles’ talk will focus on the archaeological investigation at the battlefield and the military history of the park. The talk will take place in the first-floor handicapped-accessible Archive Room. There is no admission fee, but donations are always gladly accepted. For additional information, call 518-854-7053.
Niles was an educator at the Greenwich Central School from 1981 to 1983 and the Salem Central School from 1983 to 2012, where he taught American History in addition to other subjects. Since his retirement, he has volunteered at the Saratoga National Historic Park, Rogers Island and the Lake George Battlefield archaeological investigation as well as presenting programs on the American Revolution and French and Indian War. He is working on creating a bus tour of American Revolution sites in Washington County.