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    Paddling a Legacy: Racing the route of General Clinton’s campaign

Paddling a Legacy: Racing the route of General Clinton’s campaign

Today’s General Clinton Canoe Regatta is named after a Revolutionary War event over 200 years ago that impacted the Susquehanna Valley. In 1778, the Upstate New York frontier was a place of many small skirmishes between Colonists and Native Americans who sided with the British. One of the worst was the Cherry Valley Massacre in the Mohawk Valley, where frontier homesteaders were victims of a surprise attack, and 30 people, mostly women and children, were killed. General George Washington the following year launched the Sullivan-Clinton Campaign to respond to these raids and totally cleanse the area of Native Americans, specifically the Iroquois. The interesting part of the campaign was how the Susquehanna River was managed for travel.


In August of 1779, a wooden dam was constructed at the head of Otsego Lake. One thousand soldiers had made their way from Canajoharie in the Mohawk Valley to the foot of the lake overland, under the direction of General James Clinton. The group constructed 220 bateaus (flat bottom boats) to move their supplies 160 miles down river to meet up with General Sullivan in Broome County. The plan was to dam the lake, allow the lake level to rise, and then break the dam to allow a good flow of water down the Susquehanna so the boats would be able to float more easily. The dam system proved successful, and the two parts of the campaign met up in Union, NY near Binghamton, a few weeks later. Along the way, the soldiers burned many Native American settlements, including some villages on an island south of Afton. The campaign destroyed the morale of the Iroquois, and the action was considered successful.


The General Clinton Canoe Regatta commemorates this 1779 […]

Discover Fresh Experiences Shopping Local!

Enjoy the rewarding experience of market shopping for food that is unique, fresh and often locally grown. You’ll find a number of speciality food shopping locations in Bainbridge, from the weekly farmer’s market to  stores and stands with maple products, bulk food, produce and much more. These shopping locations are a community experience, a gathering place for friends and neighbors to relax and converse, while enjoying the special treats.


Pine Ridge Grocery
Spend some time perusing the wide variety of bulk food items at Pine Ridge Grocery, where people come for baking supplies, deli meat and hand-made woodcrafts, similar to an Amish market. Most of the food items are packed in bulk (need a 50 pound bag of flour?) and the store has a large assortment of candies, dried fruits, snacks, nuts and spices.
Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Mon – Fri.; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sat.


Frog Pond Farms
At Frog Pond Farms, you can find a huge array of produce, live farm animals, and greenhouse stock. Children will enjoy the unique corn box, children’s area and seeing the animals. Experience the casual browsing of a farm stand (no cash registers), but the selection of a large grocery, which varies from spring flowers to fall pumpkins.
Open Easter to Halloween, daily, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.


Bainbridge Open Air Market
From May until October, the Bainbridge Open Air Market is located in the Village Green every Saturday morning. A sea of tents and bright colors punctuate the park, as vendors offer fresh produce for sale, along with bakery items, collectibles and crafts.
Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon.


Baker’s Maple Products
Baker’s Maple is a family-owned business producing award-winning maple products and providing pancake mixes, honey, and […]