The Old Saratoga Historical Association will tour a portion of Prospect Hill Cemetery by the Saratoga Monument this Thursday, June 22, at 7 pm. We will drive to a part of the cemetery and get out our chairs and listen to Krissy Saddlemire, Village of Schuylerville Historian, talk about some of the individuals and families buried in that part of the cemetery, so there is very limited walking this year. We may need to enter the cemetery at the south end, from Cemetery Road, depending on the size and depth of the puddle by the Monument parking lot on Thursday. Use your judgment and look for other cars.
Also of interest:
Visit by the Lois McClure at Hudson Crossing Park on Thursday, July 6, from 3-6 pm, and enjoy free tours.
The schooner Lois McClure is a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat, constructed by the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vermont and launched in 2004. She has done many tours along the interconnected waterways of New York, Vermont, and Quebec. During their heyday, canal schooners were homeported on Lake Champlain but regularly plied the canals, rivers and lakes between New York City, Quebec City and Montreal.
Unlike the standard canal boats which had no independent propulsion, the Lake Champlain sailing canal boat was initially built as an experiment in the early nineteenth century to avoid the costly towing fees of the towing vessels on Lake Champlain and other open waterways. It caught on, and over 200 sailing canal boats were built in the 1800s, designed to be able to sail from distant lake ports to the canal on the power of the wind. Upon reaching the canal, the masts were lowered and centerboard raised and the now transformed vessel could directly enter the canal.