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.
- Also with Elyse Luray Dueling Pistols Were these pistols used in the last great duel on U.S. soil?
- Related Investigation John Brown Pike How did this metal blade spark violent tension between the North and the South?
- Related Investigation Red Hand Flag Is this peculiar flag one that African-American soldiers marched under in the war to end all wars?
- Also with Elyse Luray Cannon House Could this family home once have been the headquarters of the kidnapper and slave trader Patty Cannon?
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- Also in Season 6 Isleton Tong Was this building a safe haven for persecuted immigrants, or a hub for organized crime?
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