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August 22, 2013

Benefactor preserves Delord heritage

PLATTSBURGH — An anonymous donor has made sure Henry Delord’s burial place is not lost to history.

The prominent Plattsburgh citizen, whose home is now the Kent-Delord House Museum, died on March 29, 1825, and is buried in Riverside Cemetery. 

“Since the grave is not at the Kent-Delord House Museum, the deteriorating state of Henry’s grave went unnoticed,” said museum Interim Director Connie Mandeville in a press release.

“It was not until one of our loyal volunteers, who wishes to remain anonymous, approached me about the grave did I realize something needed to be done.”

NEW GRAVESTONE

The volunteer, she said, arranged to have Plattsburgh Memorials add a new stone to Henry’s grave, engraved with the exact wording of the original one.

That way, as the writing on the first one continues to fade, a record of it will remain.

“Nothing was done to preserve the original gravestone because it could cause permanent damage to such an interesting piece of Plattsburgh history,” Mandeville said.

“I am very pleased and thankful to have such great people who volunteer at the Kent-Delord House Museum.” 

She said she hopes in October to lead a small tour to view Henry’s grave and also others related to the museum. 

“However, the work on Henry’s grave just reminds us that we still do not know where Henry’s wife, Betsey Delord, was buried. 

“Perhaps one day soon that mystery will be solved.”

PLATTSBURGH PATRIOT

Henry, who moved to Plattsburgh from the Peru Quaker Union in 1811, had a general store called the Red Store during the War of 1812. 

He and his partner, William Bailey, were the only ones in the city who allowed American soldiers to buy on credit in the days leading up to the Battle of Plattsburgh in 1814. 

Gen. Alexander Macomb had promised the debt would be paid, however, it never was, Mandeville said in the release.

The Kent-Delord House may best be known for its time as the British headquarters during the Battle of Plattsburgh; it also tells the story of three generations of Delords and their impact on the North Country community.

For more information about the museum, call 561-1035 or visit www.kentdelordhouse.org or Facebook.com/KentDelordHouseMuseum.

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