The village was founded in 1759 as "Skenesborough" by Captain Philip Skene of the British army. It was the first settlement at Lake Champlain and became an important trade center. It was on one of two routes between English and French colonies.

On May 9, 1775 Lieutenant Samuel Herrick, acting as an advance party for Ethan Allen's attack on Fort Ticonderoga surprised Major Skene and his small garrison. While he intended to use Skene's boats to ferry men across the lake, his party didn't arrive in time. Skene's schooner was used later to capture St. Johns.

In 1776, General Philip Schuyler built a small fleet of ships here. They were used by Benedict Arnold in the Battle of Valcour Island in October. The event led to Whitehall's modern-day claim to be the birthplace of the United States Navy. The surviving vessels returned to be destroyed to prevent their capture. General John Burgoyne led his forces southward through this area during the Saratoga Campaign.

During the War of 1812 the village was a ship building community supplying vessels for naval battles on Lake Champlain.

 

CONTACTS

Mayor

Ken Bartholomew,  Mayor   518-499-9239

Trustees

Walter Sanford,  Trustee 

Pat Norton, Trustee  518-499-2263

Marge Mohn, Trustee  518-499-2435 

The Whitehall Village Board meets the first & third Mondays of each month at 6:00 PM in the Village Hall

Village Clerk - Stephanie LaChapelle

Hrs: Monday thru Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

phone: 518-499-0871

Police Chief - Mathew Dickinson

phone: 518-499-1316


Village Court


Village Justice - Julie Eagan

phone: 518-955-8133

Acting Justice - Thomas Nichols

phone: 518-499-9305

Court room phone : 518-499-0772

Village court - 9:00 am Wed.

Sewer Plat and Water Filtration Manager

George Rockenstire  518-499-1587

Dept of Public Works -

Steven Brock
Superintendent
518-499-1575
email: ditchdigger4@yahoo.com

 

Walter Filtration Plant - Don Williams - 518-499-1587

Code Compliance Officer - Peter Telisky - 518-499-0871 

Village Attorney - Erika Sellar Ryan 518-692-9441

Section 8 ProgramHousing Office - Julie Vanguilder, Director - 518-499-0871

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