Unlike the unfortunate fate which befell Essex and Willsboro during the American Revolution, the War of 1812 accelerated the Essex boom underway at the turn of the century. In addition to provisioning troops, natural resource extraction and manufacturing Essex shipyards produced war ships at an impressive rate.
“At least 250 bateaux and two sloops – the Growler and the Eagle – were produced in Essex shipyards and used in Commodore Thomas MacDonough’s American fleet.” (Belden Noble Memorial Library. Essex, New York: An Early History. Burlington, VT: Queen City Printers, 2003. 11-12).
In 1814 the British arrived in Essex following their defeat at Fort Cassin. Through cunning negotiation and/or shrewd deception Essex was spared, and the troops proceeded northward to the mouth of the Boquet River where they were defeated by New York Militia commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Ransom Noble.
So the War of 1812 created increased commercial demand for Essex goods and services while sparing the village destruction. The community was thriving.
- Bi-Centennial Commemoration of The Battle of the Boquet on May 14 (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Talk on Ransom Noble, the Essex Militia, and the War of 1812 (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)