Lake George, NY


Father Isaac Jogues Monument


A Brief History: The Father Isaac Jogues Monument, found within Lake George Battlefield Park is located on Beach Road in Lake George Village, NY. Isaac Jogues was a French Jesuit priest from Orleans said to be the first white man to see Lake George NY.  During the 1640’s while exploring The New World and spreading Christianity, Jogues was captured by native peoples and tortured for six years. During this time his thumbs and parts of his fore fingers were removed.  Jogues with the help of local European settlers escapes imprisonment and returned to France.  Four years later Jogues returns to The New World on a missionary where he is martyred by the Mohawk Indians. The statue was built after the canonization of Isaac Jogues in 1930. The statue serves as a memorial, honoring the life of Father Isaac Jogues and his attempts to bring Christianity to The New World. Today the statue sits quietly in Battlefield Park, where it can be viewed and enjoyed by picnickers and the public.

 Haunted History: Seated in a heavily wooded part of the park, the area surrounding the memorial is said to be plagued by the sound of phantom gunfire and the appearance of deceased soldiers killed in battle.  Visitors have also said that when standing near the statue you can feel a vibration coming from the statue.



Field Hospital

     


A Brief History: Battlefield Park, located in Lake George, New York, memorializes the site of the Battle of Lake George. During the French and Indian War, specifically September 8th 1755, Sir William Johnson led a force of 1,500 troops, both British and Native American, against the French in order to drive them out of the provinces. It is in this park that you will find what is called a Field Hospital; a temporary medical unit built on battlegrounds in order to treat wounded soldiers; essentially, a hospital camp. Built in 1755 during the war, this particular hospital was used to care for survivors during the winter of 1775 and 1776 after a failed attempt to capture Quebec. It is also known that during the American Revolution the battlefield contained the largest smallpox hospital. Nowadays, the hospital serves as a marker in Battlefield Park and considered a major part of the battlefields history, along with commanders such as Sir William Johnson and the Chief of the Mohawk Indians, King Hendrick.

Haunted History: There are reports of occurrences, which include the sounds of gunshots or cannon fire, as well as sightings of ghost soldiers. Many believe the spirits of those who died within the field hospital still haunt the site.



Fort George


A Brief History: Fort George was built on the same land where the battle of Lake George took place in 1755. During the battle, the British defeated the French and Indian troops. In 1759 General Jeffery Amherst told the British to construct a stone fort there to oppose Fort Carillon.  During the American Revolution, on May 12, 1775, Americans took control of the fort and its supplies. The British then seized the Fort in 1718 and burned it to the ground. Today visitors can still see the foundations of the fort and some of the exterior walls.

Haunted History: Many people come and visit where the ruminants of Fort George use to stand and leave with much more than they bargained for. Many paranormal sightings have been reported around Fort George and On the Lake George Battlegrounds. Soldiers are seen in the forest wearing old uniforms then disappear at the blink of an eye. These sightings happen both at night and during the day. Burning smells and ghastly mists have also been reported, as well as echoes of canon fire can be heard throughout the forest.  At night people have reported uneasy feelings and heaviness.



Lake George Battleground


A Brief History: The battle of Lake George, not to be confused with the battle of Fort William Henry. The Battle of Lake George took place on Sept 8, 1755 between French, Indian, Canadian and British forces. The battle is nothing more than 2 separate engagements throughout the day. The first engagement was called the “Bloody Morning Scout”. It was an ambush the French and Indian forces set up on a rough road. The French and Indian forces fired on the British and Indian forces. The Mohawk war chief and ally to the British, King Hendrick was killed along with the British commander Col. Williams. Nathan Whiting assumes command and orders the British to retreat. More British troops have heard of this engagement and have come to the rescue. They have set up cannons and barricades waiting for the French. The French arrive at noon and a large fight breaks out. It is the French this time who are beaten back. The second engagement called “Bloody Pond” took place. 300 New Hampshire and New York colonials ambushed French and Indian forces just south of the present day town at a small pond. The colonials through the bodies of the Indians and Canadians into the pond turning the water red from all the blood. By 5:00p.m. the Battle of Lake George was over. It is estimated that the British suffer 216 killed and 96 wounded. However the French losses are estimated close to 800. The battle was the first British victory against the French thus far in the war.

Haunted History: There are many paranormal claims associated with the battlefield. People have reported seeing phantom soldiers or Regiments on the field. People have reported hearing cannon fire or gunshots. Paranormal investigators have recorded lots of EVPs and there are also claims of seeing a smoky form by the King Hendrick monument.



Statue Of An Indian Drinking Water


A Brief History: The statue, which today lies nestled in the woods of Battlefield Park in Lake George, was created in the early 1900’s by Alexander Phimister Protor, and was given to the park in 1921 by the New York State Commissioner of Conservation, George Pratt. The sculpture is dedicated to the memory of the many tribes of Indians that once occupied the area. The inscription on the statue reads, “Under quiet pines a midst a peaceful pool, an Indian is poised, dipping his hand for a drink from the cool water.”

Haunted History: There have been claims of many tourists, as well as a park ranger witness an actual apparition of an Indian drinking water from a stream and then disappear in front of the actual statue.  Paranormal investigators have reported feelings of being watched and uneasiness, when standing in front of the statue.  Investigators also have reported feeling cold spots in the area as well.  So next time your in the Lake George area be sure to check out the statue of the Indian Drinking water and maybe you will have your own experience.


 


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