02 Sep 2020

The Battle of Culver Hill Memorial Ceremony Beekmantown, New York 

Press Release

For more information contact:

Gary VanCour, Historian
Town of Beekmantown

518-563-4650 (W)
518-563-7077 (H)

A Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Event

For immediate release:

The Battle of Culver Hill Memorial Ceremony
Beekmantown, New York


On Thursday, September 10, 2020, at 11:00 am, a memorial ceremony will take place at the Culver Hill Historical Park located on State Rt. 22, 2 miles north of intersection of Rte. 374.

On September 6, 1814, a large British army numbering in the thousands marched through Beekmantown on their way to occupy the Village of Plattsburgh. In an attempt to slow that advance, a small American force consisting of regular army and militia, made a stand behind stonewalls on the rise of land known as Culver Hill.

What ensued was a short but very intense skirmish that resulted in several dead and wounded, including the leading British officer, Lt. Col. James Willington. Gary VanCour, Town Historian, stated, “At this annual ceremony, we recognize the dedication and sacrifices on both sides of this conflict which happened so long ago.

This year will be somewhat different in that we will be conducting it according to NYS Health Guidelines. Therefore, masks are required as well as proper social distancing. Everyone’s understanding is greatly appreciated.” The ceremony is open to the public and parking is available in the park.

This event is cosponsored by the Town of Beekmantown and the 1814 Commemoration, Inc.