Major Events, The First Hundred Years
French and Indian War- 1754
1763 was the extension of French and English battles for rule in Europe. The war was the deciding factor as to which country would rule in North America. Thousands of soldiers travelled the Old Military Road from Fort Edward to Fort William Henry traversing the stops and forts along the way. The decisive battles for Fort William Henry gave the land to the British who came here to settle in earnest.
Revolutionary War 1775-81
Queensbury was the site of military stagings as General Burgoyne diverted the German General Von Riedesel with supplies to Fort William Henry. Riedesel’s wife and children who accompanied him in battle passed through Queensbury on their way to the Battle of Saratoga in 1777 which halted Burgoyne’s attempt to divide the colonies. Colonists residing in Queensbury fled for their lives returning to Dutchess County. Their possessions locally were taken by the British. They returned following the war to rebuild the town.
Queensbury Centennial 1862
Queensbury celebrated its 100th birthday in 1862.