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The Fort Edward Historical Association was founded in 1925 with the initial purpose to remember and honor Jane McCrea who was killed in Fort Edward during the American Revolution. Over the past 89 years the Association has grown to tell the history of the Town and Village of Fort Edward and surrounding communities.
The Fort Edward Historical Association has a research center for local and genealogical history, an Arts Center to expand and promote the arts in Fort Edward, and it operates a five acre museum complex that includes several historic buildings including the 1772 Smyth House, a one room school house, the A. Dallas Wait law office, the Cronkhite Pavilion, Moreau Tollhouse, and two Champlain Canal buildings. The museum is open to the public from June 1st to Columbus Day, and serves nearly 3,000 area students through its educational programs both on site and in the classroom.
Every year the Historical Association sponsors an art show for area high school seniors who plan to major in Fine Arts in college. The major award is named after Alfred Z. Solomon and is supported by his charitable trust.
The Old Fort House Museum has been the recipient of several grants from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, recognition for which is prominently displayed in the visitor receiving room of the museum and on four interpretive panels throughout the museum campus.
In the past we have partnered with the Roger’s Island Visitor Center to combine educational tours, as well as with the New York State Canal System to show students the Canal in operation (Lock #7 is within walking distance of the museum). Each year the Old Fort House Museum (run by the Fort Edward Historical Association) serves more than 3,000 people in addition to 4,000 students.
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