Comments Sought On Plans To Rebury Revolutionary War Soldiers in Lake George

by NEW YORK DIGITAL NEWS


People look into hole where the body of an 18th century body was found in Lake George 2023 (provided by Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance)The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are seeking comments on plans to reinter the recently discovered remains of Revolutionary War era soldiers in Lake George Battlefield Park.

The remains were found in 2019-2020 during excavation on private land for the development of an apartment complex on Courtland Street within the Village of Lake George. You can read about the discovery, and the discovery of more remains last year, here.

The Lake George Beach and Battlefield Park was established in 1898 on Fort George Road, on the south shore of Lake George in the Town of Lake George, Warren County.  The site contains numerous ruins, monuments and interpretive features associated with the early history of New York and the United States. You can read more about the park here.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) are holding joint public comment periods to solicit comments for a proposed amendment to the 1981 Lake George Beach and Battlefield Park Unit Management Plans (UMP) in order to reinter the remains.

The public is invited to submit input on the draft amendment and its conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. Comments will be accepted until February 19, 2024.

The Lake George Battlefield Park is classified by the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan as an Intensive Use Day Use Area and is managed by the DEC as a historic site and public park – with an emphasis on the area’s historic value.

The site includes picnic areas, monuments, commemorative interpretive features, and walking paths.

The draft amendment includes the following management alternatives:

  • Alternative 1 – No Action;
  • Alternative 2 – Reburial near the Courtland Street Site;
  • Alternative 3 – Reburial in another nearby State Land Unit;
  • Alternative 4 – Earth Contour Enclosed Vault on the Battlefield Park;
  • Alternative 5 – Interment in a Grave or Graves on the Battlefield Park;
  • Alternative 6 – Mausoleum Structure on the Battlefield Park, and
  • Alternative 7 – Low Profile Columbarium Structures (Preferred Alternative).

The draft UMP amendment and presentation of the proposal can be downloaded here:

DEC will accept comments on the proposed management actions in the Draft UMPs through February 19, 2024. Public comments can be submitted by mail or email to:

Charles E. Vandrei

Agency Historic Preservation Officer

Office of Indian Nation Affairs

625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1500

Email: OINA@dec.ny.gov

The APA will accept public comments on the proposed draft amendment’s conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan through February 19, 2024. Please address all written comments related to the proposed UMPs’ conformance to the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan to:

Megan Phillips, Deputy Director Planning

Adirondack Park Agency

P.O. Box 99, Ray Brook, NY 12977

Phone: (518) 891-4050

Email: SLMP_UMP_Comments@apa.ny.gov

Unit management plans are required by the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan for each unit of State land in the Adirondack Park. UMPs integrate the guidelines and criteria of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan, related legislation, and resource and visitor use information into a single document.

Photo: People look into hole where the body of an 18th century body was found in Lake George 2023 (provided by Lake George Battlefield Park Alliance).

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