Historic site roof replaced in Sackets

The wind, which gusted up to 64 mph, blew the roof off a building at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, just before 6 a.m. Friday. Construction crews on Monday afternoon work to repair the roof of the cultural building at 505 W. Washington St., which houses an exhibit of an archeological dig at the historic site. Sydney Schaefer/Watertown Daily Times

SACKETS HARBOR — Workers quickly replaced a roof on a building at the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site that was blown off Friday morning during a wind storm that had gusts as strong as 64 mph.

Maintenance workers from the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s regional office got the new roof up on the cultural building at 505 W. Washington St. on Saturday. The crew was there again Monday doing some interior work on the building.

Workers will return in the spring to put shingles on the building, known as the Hall House, a former farm house that has exhibits inside about archeological digs at the historic War of 1812 battlefield.

“We were fortunate that the exhibits were not damaged,” said Peyton A. Taylor, Thousand Islands regional director for the state park’s office.

Two large pieces of the roof blew off on the village side of the building. It was important to get the new roof up so none of the exhibits were exposed to the elements during the winter, Ms. Taylor said.

The other buildings at the battlefield were not damaged during the wind storm, which began Thursday night throughout the north country and went well into Friday.

The historic site is closed for the season.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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