Labor Day Weekend in the Black River Valley, NY

Black River Valley Photos

While on assignment this week, I spent time exploring Lowville, Watertown and Sackets Harbor. I enjoyed it so much I decided to return Labor Day weekend to repeat the experience!

The Black River Valley is best known for the nearly 20-thousand soldiers on active duty with the 10th Mountain Division stationed at Fort Drum. They are the largest employer in Northern New York. The training facility was first established in 1907 but the military significance of the area dates back long before that.

Black River Valley Photos

Sackets Harbor is a charming village of antique shops, coffee houses and B&Bs that rests on Lake Ontario. My producer invited me to drench my thirst at the Sackets Harbor Brew Pub where Master Brewer, Andy Gersten, was prepping several stainless steel vats in the brewing process. The signature “War of 1812 Amber Ale” proved to delivery the timeless taste I was craving.

Travel back to 1812 and this town wasn’t the tranquil gem that it is now.

During the War of 1812 between the U.S. and Great Britain this strategic location became the center of American naval and military activity for the upper St. Lawrence Valley.

Today, visitors can experience drill and battle reenactments, formations, museums and self-guided tours of the park. And, because 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the War, a celebratory 18.12 Challenge (18.12 mile run) and ½ Marathon (13.1 mile run) takes place this Sunday.

Black River Valley Photos

Black River Valley Photos

Tughill Winery in Lowville is another stop needing repeating this Sunday for their tasty brunch menu. While there make sure you sample their award-winning whites and walk the grounds with “Pinot” and “Noir”, their Siberian Husky mascots.

Watertown wakes up with the roosters on Wednesdays. Since 1977, the town preps Washington Street for their Summer Farmers Market selling their bounty as early at 6:30 a.m. Over 80 venders queue up from the State Office Building Plaza to the Morgan Stanley building offering the best in fresh. Local fruits, vegetables, flowers, garden plants, baked goods, handmade crafts, jewelry, works of art and hands down the best fried pickles on the planet, can be enjoyed here.

For videos and itineraries on the history of this area, check out the Path Through History website.