Front Street Blockhouse
When a young couple in Schenectady, New York purchased their dream house in the town's historic district, they believed their home was built for a middle class family in the late 19th century, like all other homes in their neighborhood.
But four mysterious stone walls visible in the attic have led them to believe otherwise. Did this house once guard against enemy attacks during the tense years of the French and Indian Wars - nearly 300 years ago?
History Detectives determines whether this unassuming structure may have helped ensure the survival of the town of Schenectady, a 17th- and 18th-century vanguard Dutch outpost, as it fought France and her Indian allies for control of the lucrative fur trade.
- Related Investigation Seadrome Did floating airports dot the Atlantic before modern air travel?
- Related Investigation Bob Dylan Guitar Is this the guitar Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965?
- Also with Elyse Luray Jigsaw Puzzle Does this puzzle depict a real event - women playing contact sports in the late 19th century?
- Also with Elyse Luray Cherokee Bible What can this bible written in Cherokee tell us about one of the darkest chapters in Indian history?
- Also with Elyse Luray Civil War Bridge Has a new discovery rewritten Civil War history?
- Also in Season 6 Hitler Films Could these rusting film canisters contain unknown footage of one of the 20th century's most heinous murderers?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.