The Delord House

The Delord House (HM22WJ)

Location: Plattsburgh, NY 12901 Clinton County
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N 44° 42.025', W 73° 26.878'

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The DeLord House, 1810-1913, A Social Hub During the War of 1812 La maison Delord 1810-1913: bastion de la vie sociale Durant la guerre de 1812 In August 1810, Henry and Betsey Delord purchased the house they would enlarge and their family would occupy for three generations. The home became a social center, especially after the outbreak of war in June 1812, when the conflict brought a series of notable military men and their wives to Plattsburgh. Operating from one of the outbuildings, Delord and his friend William Bailey sold a wide range of goods. In mid-August 1814, several weeks before the British invasion, General Macomb pleaded with Bailey an Delord to extend credit to officers and soldiers, assuring the merchants that they would be repaid as soon as the men were paid. Before the Battle of Plattsburgh, Henry and his family fled their house, which was then occupied by British officers. After the Americans won the battle, Delord and Bailey went into debt in order to sell to the troops on credit. Imagine their surprise when the soldiers were either discharged and sent home or reassigned to military posts all over the country. The dispersal of the troops presented the partners with a daunting problem: how to collect the $20,000 of unpaid bills. When Henry Delord died in March 1825 at the age of
60, his claims against the government were still outstanding. Despite continuing efforts by Betsey and William Bailey, the debt was never repaid. Henry Delord's personal finances were devastated by his willingness to extend credit to American soldiers and sailors on the eve of the Battle of Plattsburgh. Among the acquaintances of Plattsburgh hostess Betsey Delord were Thomas Macdonough, Zebulon Pike, George Izard, and Alexander Macomb. Thomas Macdonough returned to Plattsburgh for a visit in the fall of 1822 and presented the Delords with this portrait painted by George Freeman. Betsey buried this silver service in the garden before the British arrived and recovered following their retreat. When the British officers retreated, one of them forgot his tea chest. En août 1810, Henry et Betsey Delord achètent la maison a fin de la rènover et de l'agrandir pour y ètre à l'aise pendant trois générations. Leur maison devint un des centres de la vie sociale de la región dès la dèclaration de guerre en juin 1812, qui vit l'arrivèe à Plattsburgh de plusieurs notables militaires avec leur famille. D'un bàtiment secondaire, Mr. Delord et son ami William Bailey vendaient une large gamme de merchandise aux rèsidents de Plattsburgh. En août 1814, plusieurs semaines avant l'invasion des troupes britanniques, le général Macomb pria les
deaux marchants de prolonger le credit des officiers et des soldats, leur garantissant qu'ils seraient payés aussitot qe ses hommes toucheraient leur payé. Henry et sa famille quittèrent leur maison juste avant la bataille de Plattsburgh. Les officiers britanniques l'occupèrent jusqu à la Victoire des américains. De retour à leurs affaires, Delord et Bailey continuèrent à crédit aux troupes américaines que se virent disperser ailleurs au pays ou renvoyer dans leur famille laissant les deux hommes endettés pour plus de $20,000. A sa mort en mars 1825 à l'âge de 60 ans, Henry Delond n'avait par encore été payé le gouvernement. Malgré les efforts soutenus de sa Betsey et de William Bailey, la dette ne fut jamais réglée. Les finances personnelles de Henry Delord furent dévastées par sa décision d'accorder plus de crédits aux marins et américains à la veille de la bataille de Plattsburgh. Parmi les relations sociales de Betsey Delord, on retrouvaient Thomas Macdonough, Zebulon Pike, George Izard et Alexander Macomb. En automne 1822, Thomas Macdonough retourna à Plattsburgh pour une courte visite et offrit aux Delords cette peinture crée par l'artiste George Freeman. Betsey enterré ce service de thé en argent dans son jardin avant l'arrrivée des troupes que les Britanniques et le récupéra après leur départ. A la retraite des officiers britanniques, l'un d'eux oublia son coffre à thé.
HM NumberHM22WJ
Placed ByChamplain Valley National Heritage Partnership
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Date Added Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 7:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 622959 N 4950842
Decimal Degrees44.70041667, -73.44796667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 42.025', W 73° 26.878'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 42' 1.4999999999999" N, 73° 26' 52.68" W
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Area Code(s)518
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 17 Cumberland Ave, Plattsburgh NY 12901, US
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