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August 17, 2009

Peru honors two historic settlements on Lake Champlain

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PORT JACKSON

Port Jackson, located where the Valcour Conference Center now sits, provided a much deeper port and soon became the landing of choice.

The port grew to be a substantial community and included a post office, church, school, tavern and residents. In fact, when the post office opened, locals attempted to name it the Port Jackson post office, but a settlement near Amsterdam had already claimed that name, and the facility was named Valcour.

VITAL HISTORY

The era of lake commerce was coming to an end in the later half of the 1800s, however, as a rail system was put into place that would eventually connect the North Country to New York City.

But the significance of both Peru Landing and Port Jackson will now be remembered with the two historic road markers.

"We know we are a vital part of history," said Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru). "There is never a more proud moment than when one can stand in her hometown like this. We, in Peru, are doubly fortunate to have two fine historians."

Celine Paquette, co-chair for the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Celebration Committee, also praised the Allens for their efforts to recognize the town's heritage during the Samuel de Champlain celebration summer.

Clinton County Historian Anastasia Pratt took a moment to recognize the significance of the dedication, adding that she grew up in Peru cherishing the importance of history.

"It's one of the most beautiful places in the world," she said.

E-mail Jeff Meyers at: jmeyers@pressrepublican.com

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