Local historian John Wolcott sheds light on the discovery of Fort Nassau, the first Dutch trading post built near present-day Albany, in a special presentation Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 pm at the Main Library.
Wolcott recently asserted that he determined the exact location of Fort Nassau, which was built in 1614, to be at the north end of a rail yard at the Port of Albany. While much attention has been given to how this discovery could lead to future archaeological excavations or impact development in the area of the former fort, Wolcott’s presentation will focus on how he determined the location of Fort Nassau. Wolcott will detail his analysis of 17th, 19th, and 20th century maps of Albany. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.
In 1969, Wolcott played a role in correctly pinpointing the location of Fort Orange, a Dutch outpost built in 1624. The location of Fort Nassau, which predates Fort Orange by ten years, is still a topic of debate for scholars of Albany’s Dutch past.
The Fort Nassau presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 427-4303 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.