Our Mission;

"To study the history of Willsboro and create and maintain and interest in it. Gather and preserve information, materials and artifacts regarding the area's history; its people, places and structures. Present or make available such information, materials and artifacts in ways, and at times and places, that will stimulate tourism in the area. Promote and assist in the preservation of the area's historical sites and structures, whenever and however possible and practicable. Operate and staff a museum (or museums) that exhibits items of local historic interest."


William Gilliland
Portrait by Ralph Earl (1751-1801)
Original on loan from Fort Ticonderoga 
Currently on display at the 
Willsboro Heritage Center & Museum



Welcome to the
Adsit Log Cabin

A log cabin constructed more than 200 years ago on Willsboro Point, Willsboro, New York.

Visit a carefully preserved log cabin built on the 1790's by a veteran of the American Revolution. Samuel Adsit's home takes you back to the early days of pioneer settlement in the Champlain Valley.

The log cabin is considered one of the nation's oldest log structures still located in its original location. The cabin was hidden for over 100 years by another structure built around it over time.

The cabin's builder first viewed the site just before the invasion of British General Burgoyne's army in the summer of 1777.  Years later in 1814, the noise of the Battles of Plattsburgh and Lake Champlain could be heard from the cabin.  One of the Adsit boys went from the cabin to Plattsburgh to learn who had won.


  The Adsit Log Cabin is owned by the citizens of the Town of Willsboro and operated by the Adsit Cabin Committee of the Willsboro Heritage Society.

 The cabin is open to the public free of charge by appointment - Groups are welcome!
Check our website for listing of events at the cabin.

For further information, or to learn how you can help with a "restoration in progress," contact:

The Adsit Cabin Committee
c/o The Willsboro Heritage Society, Inc.
P.O. Box 212 - Willsboro, NY 12996-0212

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Willsboro Heritage Center and Museum



Welcome to our Occasional Papers.  Written by variouse members of the Heritage Society, and published Occasionally.  Members get first viewing prior to posting here or sent to the general public.  So make sure you renew your membership to ensure you get a sneak peak.

 All Files in PDF Format.



Terrorism in Willsboro

 A Brief History of Flatrock Camp

The Whistle at the Mill

A Revolutionary War Deal Gone Bad

The Joseph Stroud Murder

The One Room School House

Early Land Deals of Willsboro Point

Terrorism in Willsboro (.doc)


Gilliland arrived at the mouth of the Boquet River. He proceded up to the falls and viewd them with John Chick. The first view of the new establishemt to becom Willsboro.