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Driving tour commemorates ‘Chain Carry’ Sept. 6

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MARTINSBURG — On Saturday, Sept. 6, the Lewis County Historical Society will hold a driving tour of historical homes in Lewis County that were in existence during the War of 1812.

This is part of a series of events co-hosted by the Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center, Boonville Historical Club, Landmark Society of Greater Utica, Oneida County Historical Society and the Martinsburg Historical Society intended to commemorate the 1814 “Chain Carry.”

On August 29, 1814, General Izard was ordered to depart from Lake Champlain for Sackets Harbor with 4,000 of his best men to defend the seaway. The patriots traveled for almost a month on foot carrying chains and cannons through the wilderness of New York State on what was then the first state road. This road was renamed the Military Road in honor of that march from Saratoga up through Boonville and Lewis County to Sackets Harbor.

On the day of the tour, the original Martinsburg Town Hall and the General Walter Martin Mansion (Greystone) will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At 3 p.m., Steve Wallace will present a lecture on the War of 1812 at the Mansion.

During the week prior to the event, brochures containing a brief history of each of the 14 homes or sites along or near the route the soldiers took through Lewis County will be available at the Historical Society Office, Lowville. A map showing the location of each building is included in the brochure.

On Saturday the 6th, brochures may be obtained at the General Walter Martin Mansion and at the Dodge Pratt Northam booth in Boonville.

Information for events in Boonville that day may be obtained by contacting the Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center or by viewing the Lewis County Historical Society’s website at lewiscountyhistory.org.

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