PLATTSBURGH — Visitors to the War of 1812 Museum this weekend can check out an 1812-period military encampment, including cannon and musket firing and skirmishes between British and American troops.
No admission will be charged, as the facility is one of 16 museums and galleries taking part in this year’s Museum Days.
Set for this Saturday and Sunday, the free event will include a visit from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Lois McClure, a full-scale replica of an 1862-class sailing canal boat.
“This is a good jump-start to our tourist season,” War of 1812 Museum Director Tammy Brown said of Museum Days.
“It’s also a good opportunity for local people to see what our museums have to offer before the ‘out-of-staters’ start coming.”
‘HELPS ALL MUSEUMS’
Last year, 438 visitors came through the War of 1812 Museum’s doors during Museum Days, Brown said.
“It really helps all of the museums,” she said. “It’s a great chance for locals to get out and enjoy the heritage of our area.”
The War of 1812 Museum, located on Washington Road on the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base, will also offer, among other activities, demonstrations by local blacksmith Lance Falcon, and children will have a chance to visit a variety of rabbits from Valley Forge Rabbitry.
“This year, we’re going green by providing free bus service on Saturday,” Brown said.
Museum Days, she said, has “received a grant from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership and will be offering a north and south run from the Clinton County Historical Association parking lot.”
The north run will travel to the Strand Center for the Arts and the Lois McClure at Wilcox Dock in Plattsburgh, and, in Chazy, the Alice T. Miner Museum and the Heritage Exhibit at the Miner Farm.