A Tourist’s Take on 1796 America

Lecture will follow travels of ambassador’s wife

The author Louise North will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Fort Montgomery Historic Site on Henrietta Marchant Liston, who with her husband Robert (the British ambassador based in Philadelphia) traveled between 1796 and 1800 as far south as Charleston, S.C. and as far north as Quebec.

Henrietta Marchant Liston

Henrietta Marchant Liston

Among other adventures, Liston saw Niagara Falls, attended a Shaker meeting, hanging out with her friends George and Martha Washington, tasted rattlesnake and was entertained by Mohawk Indians.

Liston wrote nine journals, but only one had been published before North last year published The Travel Journals of Henrietta Marchant Liston: North America and Lower Canada, 1796-1800, which will be available after her presentation. North’s previous books include Selected Letters of John Jay and Sarah Livingston Jay and In the Words of Women: The Revolutionary War and the Birth of the Nation, 1765-1799.

Seating is by reservation only and is limited to 50 people. Call 845-446-2134 and leave your name, phone number and the number of people in your party. North’s presentation is part of the Fort Montgomery Battle Site Association’s ongoing Thursday Night Lecture Series. The Fort Montgomery site is located at 690 Route 9W in Fort Montgomery.


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