Rogers Island: The Third Largest City in the 13 Colonies

Named for Maj. Robert Rogers of New Hampshire, Rogers Island is a 34-acre site along the Hudson River that until only a few years ago was an unmarked Colonial-era burial ground. It was found to be the home of the remains of as many as hundreds of people. Some of those buried were likely members of Rogers’ Rangers, a group of famous frontier fighters. The island was the base of their operations, which included scouting and raiding missions throughout New York and Vermont.

In 2006, a local couple discovered seven human skeletons buried at the site, one of which was missing its skull. Archaeologists determined the burials likely dated to the French and Indian War period of 1754 through 1763 when Fort Edward was the largest British fortification in North America. At the time, Rogers Island was home to more than 16,000 soldiers and civilians, which made it the third-largest city in the 13 colonies. Only Philadelphia and Boston were more populated.

The skeletons were reburied, and several monuments and markers now commemorate the site. The park is a popular tourist attraction and features walking trails along the river and an interpretive visitors center.

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