Old Fort House Museum, Fort Edward

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Old Fort House is a historic house at 29 Lower Broadway in Fort Edward, Washington County, New York. The house is owned by the Fort Edward Historical Association and operated as a local history museum. In 1983 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Revolutionary WarThe Old Fort House is a two story, five bay, center hall frame building, with a shallow gambrel roof. It is one of the oldest wooden frame structures in Northern New York and was built in 1772 by Patrick Smyth from timbers salvaged from Fort Edward. Major General Philip Schuyler inspected the old fort during the Saratoga Campaign five years later, and determined that it was in no condition as a place to make a stand against General John Burgoyne, and consequently sought a location farther south. Schuyler placed Benedict Arnold in command of the army's advance guards at Fort Edward. Arnold arrested Smythe for being a Loyalist.
Baroness Frederika Charlotte Riedesel, accompanied her husband, General Friedrich Adolf Riedesel, who led a regiment of soldiers from the Duchy of Brunswick, attached to Burgoyne's army. In her memoirs, she describes the Old Fort House as "the Red House".
The house was used as headquarters by both the British and American during the Revolutionary War. It also played host to various notables such as George Washington and James Madison.
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  • We were expecting the usual brief tour through a historical site, but a lady named Caroline made this experience memorable for us. Her passion for preservation of local history, her deep knowledge...  more »
  • We were amazed to learn so much about this town and its history. George Washington really did have meals here. About five other historic buildings also part of museum. If you love antiques and...  more »
  • The ghostly tour at night was great. Ben Franklin was very informative of all the ghostly happenings at the site
  • Beautiful Ghost Tour tonight...many pics and videos with spirits in them!!

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