Introduction to Fort Drum, New York
Fort Drum History
Since 1908, Fort Drum has been serving as a military training site. The presence of the Army in the area, however, dates back to the early 1800s. A company of infantry soldiers was posted at Sackett's Harbor in 1809. They helped to control smuggling between northern New York and Canada. The harbor became a center of military activity during the War of 1812. Brigadier General Frederick Dent Grant visited the area in 1908 and found it to be a perfect place to train military troops. It was named Camp Drum in honor of Lieutenant General Hugh A. Drum in 1951.
Fort Drum and nearby Attractions
- Thompson Park Conservancy and Zoo
- Jefferson County Historical Society Museum
- Dry Hill Ski Area
- Thousand Islands Museum of Clayton
- Sci - Tech Center of Northern New York
- Antique Boat Museum
Things To Do In Fort Drum
You can visit the Leray Mansion and the Fort Drum Army Base during your leisure hours. Skiing can be enjoyed at the Dry Hill Ski Area. The Thompson Park Conservancy and Zoo is also nearby. White river rafting on the Hudson River is a popular activity among the residents of Fort Drum.
Fort Drum Transportation
Air transportation is available from Wheeler - Sack AAF Airport.
Fort Drum Higher Education
Opportunities for higher studies are offered by SUNY College at Potsdam, Clarkson University and Jefferson Community College.