The Rogers Island Heritage Development Alliance, Inc. and the Rogers Island Visitors Center strive to interpret, educate and promote the prehistory/history, commercial, industrial, social/cultural development and diversity of the region along the Hudson River, Lake George and Lake Champlain Corridor.
The Rogers Island Visitors Center (RIVC) opened to the public on July 6, 2001. Since that time the center has had visitors from all over the United States and many foreign countries. The RIVC is located on historic Rogers Island in the middle Hudson River across from the modern Village of Fort Edward.
Housed in a fully handicapped accessible building, the exhibits within the RIVC tell of Fort Edward’s and Rogers Island’s histories. Learn about the area’s earliest known Native American inhabitants and Fort Edward’s important role in the French & Indian War and early American history. Discover what life was like for the soldiers and settlers in and around the historic fort.
Walk the grounds and view the beautiful historic landscape along the Hudson River. Visit the monument to Robert Rogers and learn his ranging rules that would forever change military tactics. Enjoy your lunch on one of our picnic tables or view the beautiful memorial Patriot Garden and Veteran’s Monument.
For over 20 years, the RIVC served as the home base of operations for the SUNY Adirondack Archeological Field School. For six weeks each summer students excavated and learned under the supervision of the late Dr. David Starbuck. All artifacts were cleaned, identified, and readied for storage in the RIVC’s on-site archaeological lab. Many of these artifacts are on exhibit. More information about the excavations and Dr. Starbuck can be found here.
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Rogers Island Heritage Development Alliance, Inc. (RIDHA)
RIDHA Board Ed Carpenter-President R. Paul McCarty-Vice-President Neal Orsini-Secretary Lisa Carpenter-Treasurer Jennifer Holden Peter Martin Alissa Wood McIntyre Harold Nicholson Linda White Peter Williams RIVC Staff Lester Losaw Ruth Losaw