Whitehall

EXPLORE WHITEHALL

Rich in history and natural beauty, Whitehall boasts scenic trailways and waterways, historical sites, outdoor activities and much more. It’s strategic location on the New York-Vermont border allowed the town to become the birthplace of the US Navy.

 

Formerly known as Skenesborough, Whitehall takes advantage of its location by giving visitors a tremendous visual experience and quick access to Lake Champlain, one of the Northeast’s crown jewel lakes.

The History of Whitehall, NY

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1700s

Originally known as Skenesborough, this colonial town was founded by British Army Captain Philip Skene, becoming the first settlement on Lake Champlain and a trade center. In 1776, General Philip Schuyler built a small fleet of ships here, leading to Whitehall’s modern-day claim to be the birthplace of the United States Navy.

1800s

Whitehall was a major hub for travellers heading north via steamships on Lake Champlain. Completion of the Champlain Canal in 1823 and a rail line from Saratoga in 1848 ushered in the heyday of “rail-to-steamship” travel in the region.

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1800s

Whitehall was a major hub for travelers heading north via steamships on Lake Champlain. Completion of the Champlain Canal in 1823 and a rail line from Saratoga in 1848 ushered in the heyday of “rail-to-steamship” travel in the region.

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Today

Whitehall’s proximity to Vermont and Lake Champlain make it a bustling community, with travelers enjoying the historic buildings, like Skene Manor and the Armory, and making use of the canalway connection to the lake.

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Champlain Canalway Trail

The Champlain Canalway Trail is a 62-mile multi-use trail extending from Waterford to Whitehall in northeastern New York. Sharing a footprint with the Empire State Trail and parts of State Bike Route 9, the route takes walkers and cyclists through a landscape rich with its agricultural and cultural heritage with many points of interest to explore along the way. The full length of the trail parallels the Erie Canalway National Heritage Water Trail with trailheads at water access points. The Empire State Trail is the largest network of multi-use trails in the United States. Stretching from New York City to Canada [...]
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