The Plattsburgh Military Reservation goes by many names—the Plattsburgh Barracks, the Plattsburgh Air Force Base, even simply “the Oval.” Regardless of what you call it, there’s no dispute was the scene of British and American engagements during the War of 1812, and housed elements of the U.S. Army and Air Force throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
Join AARCH board member and historian, Richard Frost, for an in-depth walking tour of this historic cross-section of North Country history and architecture. The base is now home to two successful adaptive reuse projects-turned craft breweries. The tour includes a stop and sample at the historic fire station, now home to the Oval Craft Brewing Company. The former carriage house for horse-drawn fire carts was built in the 1890s and is now the location of the brewery operations. We will end our afternoon at the Valcour Brewing Company, the former (1838) Old Stone Barracks, where we’ll have the option to relax with a burger and brew. Stops include the Clinton County Historical Association and Battle of Plattsburgh Museum to get a sense of Plattsburgh’s broader military role in the history of the North Country, the Plattsburgh Memorial Chapel, built during the early 1930s for servicemen and those housed at the Barracks, and a nearby barracks quarters converted into a private residence.
The tour is led by AARCH board member Richard Frost, co-author of The Plattsburgh Military Reservation. The tour starts at 1 PM and ends around 5:30 PM.
The tour begins at 1 p.m. and ends around 5:30 p.m.
FEE: $40 for AARCH members and $50 for non-members. Tour will include samples at local breweries.