The most northeastern town in Clinton County, Champlain shares a border with Canada and lies on the Great Chazy River, just five miles west of Lake Champlain. The Champlain Port of Entry on Interstate 87 is one of the most important commercial gateways on the northern border, connecting Quebec Autoroute 15 from Montreal to New York City.
The lake and the town were named in honor of Samuel de Champlain, who first surveyed the area in 1609. A statue of Champlain can be found next to historic St. Mary’s Church on Church Street. The Samuel de Champlain History Center, completed in 2008, also serves as a constant reminder of the explorer’s significant contributions to the region.
In 1789, Revolutionary War veteran Pliny Moore settled in Champlain after being awarded land by the State of New York. In 1801, he built a Federal-style frame house, which is now the M.B. Clark Funeral Home on Elm Street.
During the War of 1812, the U.S.-Canadian border became a revolving door for American and British armies and militias. Moore’s house played a key role in the military events, and he actively communicated with the commanders on both sides of the conflict. In the spring of 1814, prisoner-of-war negotiations took place here, as well as at Elias Dewey’s house (Dewey’s Tavern), located on Prospect Street.
Agriculture is another major draw to Champlain, with poultry and organic eggs being some of the main goods produced by local family farms.
A great way to discover Champlain is by foot or bike. Paquette Public Park offers a wonderful view of the Great Chazy River, and several new cycling paths are expected to be constructed throughout the town.
Champlain also offers year-round outdoor activities. In the spring and summer months, you can enjoy golfing at the North Country Golf Club, as well as fishing on the river. Once the snow hits, you can cross country ski, snowshoe or snowmobile on Champlain’s recreational trails.
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