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America's Historic Lakes
The Lake Champlain and Lake George Historical Site

Jim Millard leading tours of Fort Montgomery, October 11, 2008. The tours were sponsored by the Rouses Point-Champlain Historical Society. Photo by Jason Millard.







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Jim Millard has been publishing America's Historic Lakes since early 1997. The site is a direct result of his love for the region's remarkable history and natural beauty. America's Historic Lakes is one small way to give something back to the area.

Jim lives with his wife, Lynn, on Vermont's western shore of Lake Champlain, across from historic Plattsburgh Bay and Valcour Island. Jim is employed by Saint Michael's College, as a Senior Instructional Designer/Technologist.

In addition to the America's Historic Lakes project, Jim is an avid amateur photographer and is the author of four books- The Secrets of Crab Island, Fort Montgomery: Through the years... A Pictorial History of the Great Stone Fort on Lake Champlain, Lake Passages: A Journey Through the Centuries, Bastions on the Border: The Great Stone Forts at Rouses Point on Lake Champlain, Lake Passages is a compilation of primary source documents and comprehensive timeline of historical events in the region. Jim finished his second, comprehensive volume detailing the history of all of the fortifications in the Rouses Point, New York area — Fort "Blunder", Fort Montgomery, and the never constructed fortifications planned for Stony and Windmill Points in 2009. Jim's books were available for some 10 years but are now out of print.

Jim has had articles and photos published in a number of magazines and journals including "American Spirit"- Daughters of the American Revolution, "Lifelines"- The Journal of the Northern New York American-Canadian Genealogical Society, "The Burning Issues"- Newsletter of the Burning of the Valleys Military Association, and "The Red Hackle"- the regimental magazine of the 42nd Highland Regiment (The Black Watch). Jim has also provided materials for use in museum exhibits in the US and the United Kingdom, atlases, public television documentaries and educational textbooks. During 2009 he appeared in the pilot for the History Channel presentation of "How the States Got Their Shapes."

It has long been Jim's desire to share his enthusiasm for the remarkable history and incredible beauty of the Lake Champlain and Lake George Regions. It is his earnest desire that this web site will in some way increase your knowledge of and appreciation for this wonderful place.

Photo by Roger Harwood

Top Left: Jim Millard leading tours of the ruins of Fort Montgomery, Rouses Point, NY. These tours were hosted by Adirondack Architectural Heritage and the Rouses Point/Champlain Historical Society and are no longer available. Bottom Left; Jim discusses the fort during one of his presentations. Want to see photos of the latest tours?  October 11 and 12, 2008. Photos by Jason Millard on Facebook- here.

Jim has enjoyed speaking about the America's Historic Lakes project and the rich history of the Lake Champlain/Lake George region. Jim also used to be actively involved in giving personal tours of some of the more unusual locations on the lakes. His popular multimedia presentations are lively and informative. At this time Jim is taking an active hiatus from his history endeavors to focus more on family and work.

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Photo courtesy of Tim Gonyo, Northwoods Digital, Mooers, NY.

 To view more photographs by Jim, check out the following links: Instagram, Panoramio, Flickr

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