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Home to Native Americans for centuries, the 850-acre parkland was first visited by Europeans in the early 1600s. The first permanent residence in the area was built by Benjamin Mooers, in 1783.
Prior to its purchase by New York State in 1974 the area served a variety of purposes. From the 1800s into the twentieth century its use was primarily agricultural. Then, during World War I, “Junior Plattsburgh” was established at the site to provide an ROTC type experience for young men.
Later, the land use became recreational, with Camp Theodore Roosevelt, followed by Camps Red Wing & Red Cloud, enabling young people to learn about nature and develop lifelong skills. The camps originally encompassed Long Point and Middle Point, while the beaches became Beekmantown’s St Armand’s Beach.
In an earlier period a Club/Resort also stood near the Park’s shoreline, and, in the late ’50s a commercial theme park, Fantasy Kingdom, opened on present-day Park grounds, entertaining many families.
Visitors walking through the Park can still see several of the earlier buildings and old foundations.
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Great place on Lake Champlain's Treadwell Bay. Lots of family friendly trails with kiddos. You can find fossils on the Eastern side. Relaxing - Great Value - FREE
Great place on Lake Champlain's Treadwell Bay. Lots of family friendly trails with kiddos. You can find fossils on the Eastern side. Relaxing - Great Value - FREE more »
Excellent, well maintained and easy trails along the lake. The views are great and we saw a bald eagle.
Excellent, well maintained and easy trails along the lake. The views are great and we saw a bald eagle. more »
So beautiful and peaceful. Plenty of room and things for everyone to do from hiking to swimming. Lots of space between picnic areas. Always clean as the area is bring in take out.
This is a great place for a walk, especially with dogs. Busier in the summer but also beautiful in Fall and winter. Many miles of trails. I have about 3 different walks I do with the dogs, each 40-45 minutes. All have lake view and some shoreline.
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