Westport, New York

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Westport is a town in Essex County, New York, United States overlooking Lake Champlain. The population was 1,362 at the 2000 census.

The Town of Westport is on the eastern border of the county and is 35 miles (56 km) south of Plattsburgh[3] and 93 miles (150 km) south of Montreal[4]. Westport is inside the Adirondack Park.

Westport is the birthplace of the Adirondack chair.[5]

The Essex County Fair is held in the town.[6] The Essex County Fairgrounds was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.[7]



In 1642, Jesuit missionary Isaac Jogues was tortured by Iroquois at Coles Bay. He survived and was eventually saved by merchants from New Amsterdam.

The town was founded by William Gilliland in 1764 who surveyed an area in the southern part of the town and was granted 2,300 acres (9.3 km2); he also established the neighboring towns of Elizabethtown and Willsboro. Gilliland originally called his patent "Bessboro" after his wife. The original settlement, which may have supplied wood to Benedict Arnold's troops, was completely destroyed during the American Revolutionary War in connection with British General John Burgoyne's march from Canada to Saratoga. The first permanent settlement was in 1785.[8]

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