Old Fort House (Fort Edward, New York)

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Old Fort House
Old Fort House (Fort Edward, New York) is located in New York
Old Fort House (Fort Edward, New York)
Location 29 Lower Broadway, Fort Edward, New York
Coordinates 43°15′40″N 73°34′51″W / 43.26111°N 73.58083°W / 43.26111; -73.58083Coordinates: 43°15′40″N 73°34′51″W / 43.26111°N 73.58083°W / 43.26111; -73.58083
Area 4.5 acres (1.8 ha)
Built 1772
Architectural style Greek Revival, Federal
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 83001826[1]
Added to NRHP September 15, 1983

Old Fort House is a historic house at 29 Lower Broadway in Fort Edward, Washington County, New York. It was built in 1772 and is a two story, five bay, center hall frame building, with a shallow gambrel roof.

The house is owned by the Fort Edward Historical Association and operated as a local history museum.[2]

The Old Fort House is part of a 17 building museum complex with 5 structures; the Old Fort House Museum, A. Dallas Wait Law Office, Cronkhite Pavilion, Riverside Schoolhouse and Baldwin Barn Gallery open for tours daily in the summer months.

The house is constructed from timbers salvaged from Fort Edward. It is one of the oldest wooden frame structures in Northern New York. It was listed as one of the best house museums in Northeastern New York and New England by author William Hosley. The House is referred to as 'the old yellow building' in Twelve Years A Slave, the narrative by Solomon Northup (it is also a home in which he started housekeeping at the beginning of his married life). The Museum is also referred to as 'the Red House' in 1777, mentioned in the memoirs of the Baroness Frederika von Riedesel.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]


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