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July 20, 2011

Historic excavation on Pike's Cantonment to begin soon

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PLATTSBURGH —

The U.S. Air Force conducted a survey of the property before relinquishing ownership of Plattsburgh Air Force Base and identified it as the location for Pike's Cantonment.

"Everyone who was alive knew where Pike's Cantonment was, including the Platt family, who owned the place, and the Averill family, who lived across from the place," Herkalo said. "It's all there in the primary records."

The New York State Office of Historic Preservation and the Battle of Plattsburgh Association are supporting the project. The North Country Chamber of Commerce has also provided a grant for the work.

A limited number of positions are available for the public to work on supervised activities throughout the project, with a $150 fee charged per person.

Teachers wishing to participate may receive in-service credit. For more information on those credits, teachers should contact the North Country Teacher Resource Center.

The site is on restricted property and is not accessible to the public except as official participants in the project.

Email Jeff Meyers at: jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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