Augustus Sacket, founder of Sackets Harbor

Augustus Sacket (1769–1827)

Augustus Sacket, a New York lawyer and businessman, achieved fame when he acquired substantial tracts of unimproved land on the south-east shore of the inland sea of Lake Ontario and founded what was to become the flourishing and strategically-important village of Sackets Harbor.

Augustus bought the land there in about 1801 and built a fine mansion for his own family the following year.

The strategic importance of Sackets Harbor was to become apparent during the War of 1812, when it was made the Headquarters of the Northern Army and Fleet. The town was successfully defended twice against attacks by English fleets.

Sackets Harbor is the best known of the Sackett places and many Sackett family members, including this compiler, have visited.

—Chris Sackett

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