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War of 1812 Battlefield War of 1812 Battlefield Watertown, New York
After the War of 1812 began, Sackets Harbor, New York, close by Watertown, New York, was the hub of naval and military activities for the upper St. Laurence Valley and Lake Ontario. The American brig, Oneida, along with its contingent of marines, was docked at the harbor, working to stop the smuggling that had been going on between parties in northern New York and Canada. The surrounding forest proved to be valuable for the timber that was needed for shipbuilding, and soon a big fleet of ships were constructed in Sackets Harbor. Numerous barracks were constructed to house the thousands of sailors, soldiers and machinists that would be necessary to handle the large workload and ready for the invasion of Canada. In 1813, a British-Canadian combined force attacked the shipyard, in hopes of destroying it and its capabilities for building the ships; since the main force had left and was attacking Fort George, across Lake Ontario. The American force that was there was enough to drive the attackers off, but a fire had started and destroyed the military supplies that were stored there. As the war continued, the harbor area continued to build boats and send them off to fight, until the Treaty of Ghent ended the war in 1814, and the Lake Ontario fleet was mothballed to Shiphouse Point. The great earthen barricades and fortifications that had been constructed to protect the harbor area were eventually graded down and the site once more became a farming region, with many of the blockhouses transformed into barns, and one became an office for the commandant of the navy yard. The shipyard had to stay under the Navy's control since the unfinished first-rate ship-of-the-line New Orleans was stilled docked there to be completed, designed to carry 900 including the crew, and kept under wraps in a huge wooden ship house so that it might be used in the future. The Rush-Bagot Agreement was signed in 1817, between Britain and the US to limit the amount of naval forces that could be deployed on the Great Lakes. In the 1940s, many older naval structures were demolished and taken away, with newer ones constructed since the commandant and sailing master were stationed there to keep the navy's presence in the region.  Finally, in 1883, the New Orleans was decommissioned and scraped, and since the relations between the US and Canada had gotten better, the need for a naval station located in the region disappeared and the station closed in 1955. In 1913, the centennial park area of the battlefield was recognized as a special field, and set aside to honor the military personnel that had fought and died in the war, since it had been called the Old Battle Ground in 1878, and used for patriotic celebrations of all kinds. In 1967, the state assumed control of the navy yard and soon started getting more plots of land to include historic battlegrounds.

Clayton Opera House
Clayton Opera House Watertown, New York
The Clayton Opera House in Watertown, New York just recently underwent a $3.2 million upgrade in 2007, modernizing the 1903 three story brick structure that looks out over the St. Lawrence River. The building has been the city's cultural heart for community events and activities for more than a century and is a prime example of the early 20th century vaudeville theaters that sprung up around the country to showcase various acts onstage. The opera house was constructed in 1903 and finished in 1904, at a cost of $15,000, and powered by steam from a pumping station across the street, supplying heat and lights. It has always been a place to host performing arts, since 1905, when troupes from New York City would come up to the region to escape the hot summers in the city. Almost a thousand people showed up for the first stage show, and it has been filling up ever since with legends like; Lillian Russell, James Hackett, the Kings and Queens of Rhythm, William Danforth, Lester Vail, the Clayton Band, Solar's Orchestra and the Darou Minstrels. There is a marvelous performance hall located inside, with balcony on the first and second floors, and a meeting room and large ballroom on the second floor. Many of these grand old structures were built during the turn of the 20th century, but not many have survived, especially in this great condition. The house has hosted many wonderful plays, medicine shows, vaudeville acts, exhibitions and events, with regular seating for 750 people. Scenery pieces were stored in the basement, many from the Ackerman Studio in New York City, and five dressing rooms were also housed in the basement. It has been referred to as the town hall, since it has been used for so many venues, and especially the community functions like the Fireman's Ball, Youth Club, commencement exercises, Radio Club and more. There are three museums located in the area that had their start in the opera house; the Thousand Islands Art Center, Thousand Islands Museum and the Antique Boat museum. It wasn't used as often as it could have been because of the lack of amenities like heat, air conditioning, sound systems, decent bathrooms and more, but after the renovation in 2007, it has been completely upgraded and ready for any type of usage. Check them out when in Watertown on your next trip or vacation.

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Boldt CastleBoldt Castle Heart Island, New York
Boldt Castle can be found standing majestically on the island of Heart in the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River in the northern parts of New York; and has become one of the most popular attractions and destinations in the region. George Boldt, the owner of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in NYC and the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, and his family would use the area for numerous summer vacations in the turn of the 20th century. They would stay in a frame cottage on Hart Island, to which they would enlarge quite a bit. In 1900, they began a huge construction undertaking by transforming the small cottage into one of the biggest masonry residences in the nation. Employing the architectural firm of G. W. & W. D. Hewitt and hundreds of workers, they started building a six story castle, that would become an international landmark, with four other structures on the island that are also architecturally monumental. Just as unique as the castle, a large yacht house is situated on a neighboring island that also has a summer house and huge estate, that included a polo field, golf course, farms, stables, canals and tennis courts. The castle's construction stopped for a time in 1904, when George's wife, Louise Kehrer Boldt, passed away, and for the next 73 years, the castle and other stone buildings would be left to the harsh and punitive winters that swept through the region, as many will certainly tell you. There would be the usual vandalism, but nothing too detrimental, and in 1977, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority would acquire the island and yacht house for one dollar, with the agreement that all revenues would be used to remodel the estate for the enjoyment of all the region's visitors and future visitors. During the next twenty years, the authority would spend more than $15 million to restore and upgrade the buildings, with some of it still continuing. Originally, the idea had been to restore the estate to its pristine condition before, but many improvements have gone into the rejuvenation like a stained glass dome, grand staircase woodworking and marble floors, in the main hall, and were not finished before. The castle is accessible by ferry from Alexandria Bay, Gananoque, Ontario, Rockport, Ontario and Ivy Lea, Ontario; and you can explore to your heart's content, but only for a fee, as the progress must continue. If you own a boat, you can dock there for free, and there is a US customs and border protection office on the island. The estate was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and is one of those rare places that you should visit at least once in your lifetime, as there is absolutely no other unique and interesting destination in this country or Canada.  

 New York State Zoo
New York State Zoo Watertown, New York
The New York State zoo in Watertown, New York is the state's lone zoo that showcases the animals that can be found in the state, only, making it the only state of its kind in the world. In 1920, the Thompson Park zoo started after the Northern New York Trust company gave two whitetail deer to Thompson Park and the city of Watertown in hopes of them creating a naturalistic showplace that would welcome visitors from all over the nation and world, offering them a place to learn more about the animals thriving in the state and nowhere else in the country. Since that initial opening, the zoo has grown with a diverse collection of wildlife form the exotic to the usual, and the first bought animals were able to be purchased by the generous funds raised by the children of the park's zoo club, started by a local 12 year old, to support the zoo and start an organization that would care and feed the critters. The club would also build the small exhibit enclosures for animals like raccoons, porcupines and other small creatures. During the 1960 to 1980 decades, the zoo began a decline that it hadn't had before, so in 1988, the Thompson Park Conservancy and Zoo was started, and in 1992, the zoo was turned over to them as a federal nonprofit. The zoo is quite pride of itself since it is the only zoo in the world that showcases species native to the state, as well as threatened, endangered and abundant species like the mountains lions, eagles, bears, wolverines and others that make their home here in the 32 acre zoo. It is currently the second most popular destination in the Thousand Islands region, welcoming about 50,000 visitors each year, with 1000 members and outreaches to almost 35,000 children in the region educational systems.

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Local Restaurants in Watertown

Pete's Restaurant
Appetizers; broiled portabello mushroom is topped with gorgonzola & roasted peppers, broiled in garlic butter; stuffed mushrooms are stuffed with pepperoni & veggie stuffing in garlic-butter & melted provolone; deep-fried calamari; mozzarella sticks; homemade half hots; breaded cauliflower; chicken tenders; chicken wings; Johnny wings rolled in parmesan & black pepper; jumbo shrimp cocktail; homemade garlic bread; homemade bruschetta bread; breaded mushrooms; garlic bread with cheese; steamed clams; gnocchi scampi. House Specialties; seafood fettuccini is shrimp, scallops & crabmeat with broccoli & mushrooms sautéed in garlic-oil, tossed with fettuccini pasta & topped with Alfredo sauce; baked ziti with chicken is sautéed chicken breast & bell peppers tossed with penne pasta & tomato sauce, loaded with mozzarella cheese, then baked in oven til golden brown; stuffed rigatoni is rigatoni pasta stuffed with ricotta & covered with housemade sauce; chicken tetrazzini is sautéed chicken breast, mushrooms, roasted red peppers & broccoli served over housemade capellini covered in Alfredo sauce; chicken cacciatore is fresh chicken stewed with bell peppers, mushrooms, onions in housemade marinara; chicken portabello is two large portabellos topped with roasted red peppers, gorgonzola cheese & grilled chicken in garlic-butter sauce; pollo Rosa Maria is chicken breast stuffed with mozzarella, ham & broccoli, tossed in creamy Alfredo sauce over fettuccini pasta; linguini with shrimp scampi is jumbo shrimp & fresh veggies, sautéed in garlic-butter, over bed of linguini; fettuccini Alfredo is fettuccini pasta covered in creamy Alfredo sauce; freshly breaded chicken parmesan is freshly breaded chicken breast topped with provolone & housemade sauce; Pete's veal or chicken Melenzane is freshly breaded chicken breast or veal combined with fried eggplant, topped with provolone & housemade sauce.

Cavallarios Cucina
Appetizers, Salads & Soup; chef choice hummus is great beans & organic tahini; pesto artichoke baked brie is brie topped with pesto artichoke tapenade with seeded flat breads; gorgonzola ciabatta is aged gorgonzola cheese, fresh spinach, toasted walnuts & bacon, atop ciabatta bread baked til golden; roasted veggie panzanella salad is roasted seasonal veggies, tossed with Italian olives, imported Asiago and gorgonzola crumbles, fresh garlic & herbs, Tuscan bread chunks, with imported cold pressed Virgin oil & aged balsamic vinegar; pomodora bread is focaccia bread topped with vine ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic & mozzarella cheese, drizzled with virgin olive oil & bake til golden; hand breaded mozzarella wedges with pomodoro sauce; classic antipasto salad with true soppesetta, aged Genoa salami, provolone & fontinella cheese surround crispy greens, sweet red onions, bell, Italian & sweet roasted peppers, kalamata olives & house balsamic vinaigrette; grilled chicken & feta salad is fresh spring greens, artichoke hearts, roasted sweet peppers, kalamata olives & brine cured feta cheese with grilled chicken & house aged balsamic vinaigrette. Entrees; lasagna dell cucina is traditional layers of pasta filled with sweet Italian sausage, homemade meatballs, ricotta, romano, mozzarella & provolone cheese, with house pomodoro sauce; eggplant parmesan is litely breaded hand cut fresh eggplant, layered with smoked mozzarella, asiago, provolone cheese & pomodoro sauce, baked & served with side of fettuccine; manicotti is delicate housemade crepes filled with mild ricotta & smoked mozzarella cheese, served with pomodoro sauce; wild mushroom fettuccine is organic blended wild mushrooms, portabello, crimini, shiitake & oyster tossed in cream sauce with cognac & fettuccine noodles with shaved parmesan cheese & touch of white truffle cream.


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Antique Boat Museum Antique Boat Museum Watertown, New York
The Antique Boat Museum in Watertown, New York houses many of the most recognized and gorgeous boats that were ever constructed in the world, like the 106 foot historic houseboat, an elaborate St. Lawrence skiff and over 100 other beautiful boats that belong to the museum, where the North America original Antique Boast Show and Auction is held. Set on 4.5 acres, the museum is located in the picturesque little town of Clayton, New York, sitting on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, filled with the most elegant, magnificently preserved boats of the continent, where each May to October is filled with a plethora of shows, regattas, boat-building classes, extravagant dinners, programs and events, guided tours and children's activities. During the 1960s, a group of people decided that they wanted to save the nautical and cultural heritage of the St. Lawrence River, so they began the 1000 Islands Museum. Included in that original group was another smaller group of dedicated individuals that were interested in preserving and acquiring the splendid antique boats that had driven the region in all their glory and luxury. They started the Antique Boat Auxiliary and had an antique boat show in 1964; becoming a yearly occurrence that would continue to grow year after year. In the early 1970s, they were able to acquire some waterfront properties and began a permanent museum to host the annual show, and for four decades, the museum has been able to build a marvelous waterfront museum with 4.5 acres, 1900 feet of dockage and 1300 feet of St. Lawrence riverfront. There are now ten structures on the property with 29,000 square feet of exhibit space, 33,000 square feet of public program, administrative, library, archives and collections storage spaces. The fantastic 106 foot houseboat, La Duchesse, was constructed for George Boldt, in 1903 and has been used as a summer residence ever since; donated by the McNally family of Wellesley Island, New York. This incredible houseboat can be toured with a guide for 30 minutes, but is sadly, not wheel-chair accessible.

Flower Memorial Library
Roswell P. Flower Library Watertown, New YorkThe magnificent Watertown, New York library building is a grand structure that is reminiscent of the turn of the 20th century when Ionic columns graced huge monumental structures that were the pride and joy of their builders and owners. The library is just such a stately building that was the realization of the best residents of Watertown for numerous years. It seemed that everyone in the small city wanted and needed a library, with press, pulpit, civic organizations, patriotic groups and public minded citizens all came together to make this happen. As this massive group was mobilizing, the library became much more of a reality when Mrs. Emma Flower Taylor offered the perfect venue, and after meetings and appointments, and finally commissions, the Grecian style building, with many Roman enhancements, the library was built; but with much ado and many voices actively wanting different applications added. In the end, it was a fitting memorial to Roswell P. Flower, former governor of New York, whose daughter had donated enough to fund the beautiful library building that sits in the city of Watertown, majestic and grand, as if to say that all the most important books and first editions were safely stored here for posterity and future generations of readers. It seems kind of sad that these libraries will slowly go the way of many other venues that were once important and significant to many generations, except the one that is currently growing up in this country today. With iphones, ebooks and mass media being shown on the internet 24/7, there is little time in the rat race of the 21st century to visit and enjoy, in the confines of an easy chair, a good read. One of the masterpieces, perhaps by Shakespeare, or Goethe, or just an enjoyable read by Mark Twain, or even one favorite that hasn't been made into a movie, but is very necessary to the story of the Lord of the Rings, called simply, the Hobbit, the first book written by J. R. R. Tolkien in the Trilogy of the Ring. Whatever your age, the architecture and beauty of this library cries out for visitation, while the interior is much more important and waiting, almost breathlessly, for your attention, if only to peruse the architectural monuments of this gorgeously built museum for books.

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Jefferson County Historical SocietyJefferson County Historical Society Watertown, New York
The Jefferson County Historical Society started in 1886, in Watertown, New York, and is now the primary repository for the books, artifacts and documents that showcase the history and culture of the county, that includes all the geographical locations in the region and a chronological journey that is well worth the time and effort to visit. The museum was housed in the beautiful Flower Memorial Library, but then moved into the equally illustrious Paddock Mansion. The Johnston Collection is a magnificent story about the early days of Clayton, New York and the people that started it all. For over a 135 years, a few wooden crates filled with a wealth of history, and irreplaceable glass plate negatives were forgotten, then discovered by Mrs. Julia Gosier, who donated them to the museum, with 1200 out of the original 3000 negatives surviving from period that started in 1864, and ended in 1871. The images were produced by the Oren Johnston Studios, the first photographer in the small village, with many outstanding photographs of the surrounding region and the famous 1000 islands.

Adirondack River Outfitters
Adirondack River Outfitters Watertown, New YorkThe Adirondack River Outfitters offers the most exciting whitewater rafting experiences in the state of New York, where thousands of people have already run the rapids as they flow down from the Adirondack Mountains into the state of New York, with the best whitewater rafting anywhere. They take you along the Black and Moose Rivers, as well as the original rafting companies on the Hudson and Sacandage Rivers, using the best equipment and the most professional staff that can be found. Offering a truly memorable family experience, this outfitter takes you to where the rivers are in top condition and running high, with the best whitewater rafting in the region. Whether its in the springtime on the Black, Moose or Hudson, or the summer treks along the same rivers with the Sacandaga being added, and then the beautiful fall scenes along the Black and Hudson in the fall seasons, it is all outstanding and fun, with more excitement than many can stand, or sit, flowing along waters that could throw you around like a big bouncing beach ball, these waters are all the excitement you'll ever want to enjoy, and perhaps encouraging you to come back again in another season, with more excitement and beautiful scenes, all to give you a memorable experience that won't soon be forgotten. Located in Watertown, New York, the A.R.O. is considered one of the best outfitters in the northeast, with more professional guides to take you on any one of the four rivers that offer the best whitewater rafting in the northern highlands, full of forests and wildlife and raging waters that will test your skill and stamina like no other venue can. It will lift you up out of your seat and through you about like you were only a leaf blowing along in the wind. Everything is included in the price, which, considering the cost of things today is quite reasonable. Especially for all the excitement you can handle for one vacation. So, if you are in the upper north central area of New York state, be sure to stop by and visit the team that will surprise you with some great pictures and stories that may have you taking a short side trip down a whitewater river.

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Sci-Tech CenterSci-Tech Center Watertown, New York
The Sci-tech Center of Northern New York is located in Watertown, New York, and is a hands-on science and technology center with 40 interactive exhibits that have been created to spark your inner flames and imagination in 3,600 square feet of space; the only one of its kind in the entire northern New York area. It opened in 1983 to encourage the public to get a better understanding and knowledge of the marvelous world of science and technology, with interactive displays and programs that include different scientific disciplines; inspiring their philosophy of presenting a "playground for the mind".  The majority of the displays are related to the elements of light, electricity and sound, as well as delving into the other realms of science, offering school age children a better way to learn and experience the exciting world of science, using the technology of today to enhance the experiments that you can enjoy. One of the most enjoyable venues is the laser tag room that is so much fun that many will spend hours there. Laser tag is more fun than paintball, since you don't get hit with anything, rather your harness will sound an alarm when you get hit or hit some one else, with all kinds of obstacles and structures to protect you as you go through the site. It is a wonderful time for grandparents to take their lovely grandchildren, since you can all play and not get hurt or painted up with all kinds of colors.

Burrville Cider Mill
Burrville Cider Mill Watertown, New YorkThe Burrville Cider Mill is one of the county's oldest working establishments, that began as Burr's Mills in 1801 and had initially been used for a gristmill and sawmill. It sits on the headwaters of the north branch of the Sandy Creek, above a 30 foot waterfall that had been used in earlier times to power the mill's equipment. The village of Burrville was settled sometime before its bigger neighbor, Watertown, New York, and that was because the Black River that runs through the town had been deemed to forceful for the needs of a mill. But the falls at Burrville were just right, and Capt. John Burr, after whom the city is named, thought it was just perfect, so he purchased the mill in 1802 and began business. Burr, legend has it, was believed to have been a pirate that used to steal supplies and such from the ships that flowed back and forth on Lake Ontario and then he would take the supplies or other stolen goods and then sell them back to the troops in Sackets Harbor; and some still say his ghost still walks around the old mill now. The first time of a cider press being used was in the 1800s, but it was in 1940, that Homer Rebb converted the mill into a cider making mill on a commercial scale, creating Burrville Cider and helping it to become the best in the region. Today, it is electricity that runs the mill, but you can still walk across the bridge that spans the waterfalls and feel the mist rise up to you and look down on history. The mill is open from Labor Day until Thanksgiving, with all kinds of events taking place that will keep you coming back for more and just visiting for a taste of that great homemade cider that can't be bought in any stores around the country. It is fresh and sweet, the kind that you used to get many decades ago and the only way to get it now is to visit one of these old mills. You can come and watch them press the cider from the North Country's best apples, using different varieties of apples to make the best cider. They purchase the apples from around the state, at the peak of perfection and ripeness, so that only the best are used. The apples are hand picked, washed and scrubbed, then ground up and spread on sheets that are then stacked on each other to pass through the press that squeezes out the sweetest natural juice that you ever tasted. The leftovers are used for fertilizers, wildlife and domestic feed, so nothing ever get wasted. You can tour the mill and enjoy the tantalizing smells of sweet cider and freshly fried cider donuts; with the friendliest family you'll ever come across.

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Paddock MansionPaddock Mansion Watertown, New York
Paddock Mansion has been the site of the Jefferson County Historical Society since 1922, when the historic mansion in Watertown, New York was donated to it. The unique house was built in 1876 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It is a two and a half story brick house sitting on a high basement in the Stick/Eastlake style of architecture, with three story tower on the southeast corner, with elaborate gables, balconies, eaves and front porch supported by splendid turned millwork and chamfered brackets and posts, creating a very unusual style and look. The mansion was designed by local architect John Hose and constructed on Washington Street during the years of 1876 to 1878 by the town's master builder, John Griffin. It is the third house to be constructed on the site, that was originally settled on by Hart Massey in 1803. That hall and parlor framed house was taken apart and moved in 1809 by Erastus Baker before he sold the property to Judge Jabez Foster, who then constructed a luxurious Georgian style mansion there in 1810. The home would later be purchased by Loveland Paddock, local banker, real estate mogul and merchant, and would be the Paddock family estate until the judge passed on in 1872. When Loveland passed on, his son, Edwin, inherited the property, and to make his own mark on the property, had his father's decadent house razed and proceeded to construct his own version of a stately and elegant mansion. Edwin and his family were great world travelers, and were enamored by the European architecture, deciding that their house should reflect such opulent tastes, however, they couldn't decide what specific design should be used. Edwin preferred the power of the Victorian style of architecture, but his wife liked the grace of Swiss designs. Eventually, the 16,900 square foot house was constructed in the Eastlake style with both Victorian and Swiss chalet components incorporated to the style, which is why it is so unique and different. The Paddocks lived there until 1922, when Edwin passed on and Olive, his wife, bequeathed the estate to the Jefferson County Historical Society to be made into a museum. It would take another two years to rejuvenate the house, and opened its doors in 1924.

Sports and Outdoor Venues
Watertown New York Adventures and Great OutdoorsIn the greater Watertown region, outdoor recreation has become a byword, offering more outdoor activities than most cities or towns in the New York area. With the numerous water ways available, there are any number of things to do and places to see, with all the natural environments that surround the region, you should be well satisfied with the happenings. The majestic St. Lawrence River, the Indian Lakes Region, Lake Ontario, and the Black River, the region offers some of the finest canoeing, fishing, sailing, swimming, boating, scuba diving, rock climbing, kayaking, ice fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, skating, skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing in the country. Winter season brings the lake effect into play with snow storms that will keep you inside for weeks, unless you are the hardier type that loves the outdoors activities mentioned above or for other reasons. There are many attractions around the area to enjoy during those times, when the weather is indecisive and you aren't sure of what to do. There are also many shops and boutiques to look for some unusual item or object, with more than enough restaurants to keep your energy up. It is a beautiful area, great for hiking, walking, running, jogging, biking, sight seeing, and any other number of activities that will keep you in shape, both body and mind. The winters can be fierce, but then the beauty of the region seems to come alive with life, all trying to get their supper or just to get around. The four wheeling in the region is also excellent, both in winter and summer, with hidden jewels all around, waiting for you to discover them and put them to good use. There are many areas to just sit and relax with a good book or just watch the clouds float by, you are the captain of your ship and you can do whatever you have a mind to do; which could be difficult at times, because there is so much to do that doesn't cost you more than just your time. Come to Watertown, New York, anytime of the year and you'll have plenty to keep you busy, or ample places to keep you safe from the elements and weather, with just time to be spent.

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