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Front Street Blockhouse

  • Aired: 08/11/2008
  • 15:18
  • Rating: TV-G
A couple in Schenectady, New York wonder if their home, with its stone attic walls, could have guarded against enemy attacks during the French and Indian Wars nearly 300 years ago. Host Elyse Luray travels to Upstate New York to determine whether this structure may have helped ensure the survival of a 17th- and 18th-century vanguard Dutch outpost as it fought for control of the fur trade.
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Did this unassuming house protect an American colony from attack almost 300 years ago?
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