Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program at the LeRay Mansion

Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program at the LeRay Mansion Welcome to the official Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program and LeRay Mansion page where you will find information and media covering historic preservation on base
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The Fort Drum Cultural Resources Program is responsible for the protection, preservation, and stewardship of the archaeological resources and the historic and cultural properties on base.

The LeRay Mansion grounds provides a wonderful setting for any image and we would love to welcome you to the mansion gro...
07/26/2020

The LeRay Mansion grounds provides a wonderful setting for any image and we would love to welcome you to the mansion grounds. They are favorite destinations for those special photographs. You may be interested in Family photo shoots,, Prom pictures, Senior Portraits, or perhaps some other profession photo shoot. Since school pictures and welcome home images just don't look the same this year we welcome our Fort Drum community to come out and use the grounds to make an incredible image that brings to mind your time at Fort Drum.

Need help planning, please email [email protected]. Mansion grounds are open from dawn to dusk daily.

One of many cultural sites on our installation
07/21/2020

One of many cultural sites on our installation

#ScienceTuesday: Native American Archaeology
Site FDP 1025: Investigating the Ice Age Peoples of Northern New York

Fluted points and the other stone tools they left behind tell us that early Native Americans, known to archaeologists as Paleoindians, peopled the New York region roughly 13,000 years ago. But in some parts of the state, including the lowlands between Lake Ontario and the Adirondacks, evidence of their early presence is scarce. To address this data gap, archaeologists from the NYSM, Fort Drum Military Reservation, and NY State Archaeological Association are researching these early peoples in Jefferson county. Our current focus is Site FDP 1025 and the artifacts that Fort Drum archaeologists have surface collected there since the siteโ€™s 1994 discovery. These include three fluted points, scraping tools and flaking debris from fluted point manufacture. Based on the fluted point characteristics, the site likely dates to circa 12,000 calendar years before present, a time when the Ice Age Champlain Sea and retreating glaciers still lay north of this encampment. Most artifacts at FDP 1025 were made of Normanskill chert, linking the peoples at the site to outcrops of this stone that are found only in the Hudson Valley. These findings establish the presence of early hunter-gatherers west of the Adirondacks 12,000 years ago and show how their seasonal travels extended far south across the Ice Age landscapes of what is now New York. #NYSMresearch #paleoindian #archaeology

Photo #1: Complete unfinished fluted point from Site FDP 1025 (length=2.9 inches); diagnostic characteristics such as the acute tip and long central flute scars suggest the site dates to circa 12,000 calendar years before present.

Photo #2: Hand-held scraping tool fragments from FDP 1025; sidescraper (left) and spokeshave (right).

Photo #3: Channel flakes from fluting of projectile points at Site FDP 1025; this evidence for maintenance of weaponry suggests the early Native Americans were gearing up for hunting of large mammals during or shortly after their encampment.

History connects us all.Today the USS Bonhomme Richard is still on fire. https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2020/0...
07/13/2020
Bonhomme Richard firefighting efforts continuing Monday morning

History connects us all.

Today the USS Bonhomme Richard is still on fire. https://www.navytimes.com/news/your-navy/2020/07/13/bonhomme-richard-firefighting-efforts-continuing-monday-morning/

Did you know the original US ship the Bonhomme Richard , formerly Duc de Duras, was a warship in the Continental Navy, named by John Paul Jones in honor of Benjamin Franklin?

She was originally an East Indiaman, a merchant ship built in France for the French East India Company in 1765, for service between France and Asia. She was placed at the disposal of John Paul Jones on 4 February 1779, by King Louis XVI of France as a result of a loan to the United States by French shipping magnate Jacques-Donatien Le Ray.

The Bonhomme Richard, under the command of John Paul Jones prevailed in the battle of Flamborough Head against the British. Jones, when asked to surrender, yelled, "I have not yet begun to fight." And fight he and his crew did. Though the Bonhomme Richard sank after the battle, the battle's outcome was one of the factors that convinced the French crown to back the colonies in their fight to become independent of British authority.

Jacques Donatien LeRay De Chaumont is often referred to as the French father of the American Revolution. His son James came to America to retrieve a portion of the fortune his father lent the American cause. James is the builder of the LeRay Mansion on Fort Drum and referred to by many as the Father of the North Country

Our thoughts are with those fighting for her today. May you all stay safe and well.

Two helicopters from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 3 began helicopter water bucket aerial firefighting operations at 4:30 a.m. on Monday.

An exciting project at the LeRay Mansion has been happening. Justin Bath has been working on his Eagle Scout Project by ...
07/08/2020

An exciting project at the LeRay Mansion has been happening. Justin Bath has been working on his Eagle Scout Project by improving what we lovingly refer to as the babies grave. Clotilde, the granddaughter of the builder of the house James LeRay de Chaumont, is buried on the mansion grounds. The family used to ring a bell on their way in and out of the house to remember her. In the last few years Fort Drum families have placed a bell near her grave. Today Mr. Bath and his volunteers have made the bell a permanent feature in the landscape.

It is such a wonderful way to continue history. Many of our Soldiers ring the bell when they come home from deployment. The ringing of the bell is a bridge to history and tomorrow. Great job Justin!!!

Anyone else loving the virtual field trips? Just me?
07/02/2020

Anyone else loving the virtual field trips? Just me?

Today at 1pm! From preparing food to building longhouses, discover the types of tools and objects the Haudenosaunee used in their daily lives.

Live at 1pm: www.facebook.com/nysmuseum
Recorded after 5pm: www.youtube.com/nysmuseum

07/02/2020
Fort Drum Remington Park & Recreational Lodging

Fort Drum Remington Park & Recreational Lodging

With 4th of July๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ approaching please read ๐Ÿ‘€ below๐Ÿ‘‡ regarding Remington park:

Swimming ๐Ÿคฟ- NO

Using the pavilions ๐ŸŽช - NO (Especially this weekend! We know its tempting to have a party in the park. This will be strictly enforced๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ)

Kayaking and canoeing ๐Ÿ›ถ -YES

Fishing (catch and release) ๐ŸŽฃ -YES

Playgrounds ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿคธโ€โ™€๏ธ - YES

Dog Park ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿพ -YES

Trails ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšตโ€โ™€๏ธ -YES

Please observe the guidelines Fort Drum has set forth by not having large gatherings in the park. Also by practicing 6ft of social distancing.

Have a great weekend,
The staff here at Remington Park

Off the Beatin Path Gift Shop
06/26/2020

Off the Beatin Path Gift Shop

Love the history and beauty of Leray Mansion? Weโ€™ve got prints perfect for framing and beautiful metal ornaments! Weโ€™ll be open Tuesday and Thursday 11-2. Canโ€™t come in? Weโ€™re always happy to take your order at [email protected]!

06/26/2020
Wandering through the lost village of Sterlingville's Savage-Varley cemetery

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16ojIclQpyI

The next few weeks we will be traveling virtually through the lost village of Sterlingville. Up first is the Savage-Varley cemetery.

Hit that like and subscribe button on YouTube so that you can see when the new videos are uploaded.

Join me as we wander through the Savage-Varley cemetery, one of two cemeteries associated with the lost village of Sterlingville, NY. Find all cemetery recor...

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway
06/19/2020
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway

Today is Juneteenth, celebrating the emancipation of enslaved people!
>> News: This week, the original Juneteenth order was found in the National Archives. Read more: bit.ly/3ehQkf9
>> What is Juneteenth, what does it mean, how did it start, and why did the people of Texas not hear about the Emancipation Proclamation until 2.5 years after it had taken
effect in 1863? Here's an in-depth look by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. from a few years ago: to.pbs.org/2Ye174o

Sweet Luna moth hanging out with us at the LeRay Mansion this morning.
06/17/2020

Sweet Luna moth hanging out with us at the LeRay Mansion this morning.

Please see hours have been extended on Memorial Day for visiting the cemeteries on the installation.
05/20/2020

Please see hours have been extended on Memorial Day for visiting the cemeteries on the installation.

05/11/2020
Alpina Village tour

Now available: Tour of the lost Village of Alpina. It's a bit longer but the area is was just to beautiful and I wanted to share it with you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q26mrVR1IXs

Alpina is one of the five former villages within the Fort Drum Military Installation. While its historic stories are a bit hidden today, its natural beauty i...

05/04/2020
Fuller Road Cemetery, Fort Drum,, NY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcSd-HrKQSw

Today's virtual visit is to the Fuller Road cemetery. I hope you enjoy the walk around as much as I did. Plus you get to view it black fly and tick free. Friends, they were fierce.

Thank you to all watching. There has been an amazing outpouring of support and the team is so very thankful. We have more coming so please stay tuned.

Special thanks to the Fort Drum DPTMS Range Division who has supported these videos, opened areas and always ensures the safety of everyone down range.

For driving directions and to see all stones please go to: https://fortdrum.isportsman.net/Cemeteries.aspx This cemetery is only open from noon until 5pm on ...

05/01/2020
Tour of the Lost Village of Lewisburg, Fort Drum, New York

TGIF. Hope everyone is safe and well and maybe like me looking forward to warmer weather this weekend in northern New York. There is a new tour today up on Youtube. It is at the historic Village of Lewisburg, Town of Diana, Lewis County, NY.

The Cultural team wishes we could have visited with all of you this year. Currently all bus tours and events are obviously on hold but we hope to bring you content until we can all be together again. Enjoy and have a great weekend.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSI3QbUdso4

Today we tour the remains at the historic Village of Lewisburg, Town of Diana, Lewis County, New York, now part of the Fort Drum Military Installation, Fort ...

Why Helicopters From The Army Have Native American Names? - Powwow Times
04/27/2020
Why Helicopters From The Army Have Native American Names? - Powwow Times

Why Helicopters From The Army Have Native American Names? - Powwow Times

Have you ever wondered why helicopters of the army have Native American names? Well, you have come to the right place! Names like Apache, Black Hawk, Kiowa. The naming of these helicopters was actually on purpose, letโ€™s find out more about why these powerful birds have such cool and awesome names.

Check your NPS sites for great kids activities.
04/23/2020

Check your NPS sites for great kids activities.

Here's something for the kids! While you can't visit in person, you can now order hard copies of the Junior Ranger activity guides from the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center! Enough of the activities can be completed at home that you can mail the guides back in exchange for a patch.
>> Request the Junior Ranger activity guides: bit.ly/2S0E4GS

04/17/2020
Final Lewisburg Cemetery

The Cultural and Natural teams are so disappointed that we can't have any of our history and natural tours this spring. To temper that we are attempting to create virtual tour stops.

Be kind, there is a learning process going on here. It will get better, I promise. I hope you enjoy.

https://youtu.be/19uhEkVvCyw First tour is the Lewisburg Cemetery on the Fort Drum Army Installation, Lewis County, New York.

Our first virtual tour stop is the Lewisburg Cemetery, Fort Drum, NY/

Young writers unite.
04/13/2020

Young writers unite.

04/10/2020
10th Mountain Division

10th Mountain Division

Mountain Soldiers, check out 10th Mountain Division Band's Mountain Strings performance of โ€œThis Land Is Your Land" at Fort Drum, N.Y.
#ClimbToGlory!

04/10/2020

60 seconds of solitude from historic Alpina (Alpena). Look for exciting news on virtual history tours coming soon.

Please share.
03/25/2020

Please share.

Donโ€™t believe the hype. Never flush wipes!

Flushable wipes and baby wipes should never be sent down toilets and drains. Please share so we can all keep sewer backups out of our homes and our toilets can keep flushing.

03/17/2020
Please share
03/13/2020

Please share

Please be aware: At this time the Fort Drum Natural Resources' Maple Days event scheduled for March 21 at LeRay Mansion and Fort Drum FMWR's Maple Days Pancake Breakfast have both been cancelled. We'll share more information as it becomes available.

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03/06/2020

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Town of Theresa History
03/02/2020

Town of Theresa History

An undated photograph of the steps heading down below the high falls in Theresa.

The late Walter Hatch used to say his wife's family (the Klocks) claimed there was a plaque dedicated to Theresa LeRay de Gouvello somewhere down there.

Re-opening February 4th
01/30/2020

Re-opening February 4th

Raise your hand if you're excited!

As of February 4th the Fort Drum Thrift Shop will be operating with our normal store hours!

TUESDAY - THURSDAY & FIRST SATURDAYS
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

- The store is open to all DOD and Non DOD card holders

- Consignment contracts that were set to expire in January will receive an automatic 30-day extension

- Consignors wishing to claim payments issued in 2019 during our closure may call 315-772-7189 to coordinate pick up or mailing of checks

Upstate Landscape and Supply
12/24/2019

Upstate Landscape and Supply

๐ƒ๐Ž ๐˜๐Ž๐” ๐‡๐€๐•๐„ ๐Š๐ˆ๐ƒ๐’ ๐“๐‡๐€๐“ ๐–๐€๐๐“ ๐“๐Ž ๐’๐„๐„ ๐’๐€๐๐“๐€ ๐ˆ๐ ๐๐„๐‘๐’๐Ž๐ ๐“๐Ž๐๐ˆ๐†๐‡๐“ ๐Ž๐‘ ๐„๐•๐„๐ ๐‡๐Ž๐‘๐’๐„๐’ ๐€๐๐ƒ ๐€ ๐–๐€๐†๐Ž๐?? Our family will be bringing Santa around by horse and wagon TONIGHT!!! Hereโ€™s our route as we head to FORT DRUM as a way to thank the community and our soldiers and their families for all they do for us!!! Please feel free to meet us along the way and have your kids ๐–๐€๐ˆ๐“๐ˆ๐๐† on the side of the road if you want Santa to stop and say hi!!!! ๐Ž๐“๐‡๐„๐‘๐–๐ˆ๐’๐„ ๐–๐„ ๐–๐ˆ๐‹๐‹ ๐ƒ๐‘๐ˆ๐•๐„ ๐๐˜ ๐๐Ž๐“ ๐Š๐๐Ž๐–๐ˆ๐๐†...
๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐“๐‡๐Ž๐’๐„ ๐Ž๐”๐“๐’๐ˆ๐ƒ๐„ ๐…๐Ž๐‘๐“ ๐ƒ๐‘๐”๐Œ:
We are Leaving our business at 5pm:
34196 Jackson II rd
Carthage NY 13619
Making a left out of our driveway heading to Rt. Towards Whistle stop tavern,
We plan to head down rt 3 into great bend making a right at the light on 26 to head to the gas alley gate.
๐…๐Ž๐‘ ๐“๐‡๐Ž๐’๐„ ๐Ž๐ ๐…๐Ž๐‘๐“ ๐ƒ๐‘๐”๐Œ:
We will go through the gate go into leRay on James st to pick friends quick (by 5:30 is the plan) then head straight to Rhicard and we will drive around the streets there! Pleaseeeee if you want to see Santa just be waiting by the road outside and he will stop and see your kids! We are all about having fun and helping you making memories!!๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป

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4701 LeRay Mansion
Fort Drum, NY
13602

None We are located in Bldg 4836 on Delehanty Street

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When will sign up start for the Lost Villages tour?