- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York community is celebrating the long-awaited public purchase of historic property.

State and local officials will be joined by French and Indian War re-enactors late Friday afternoon to mark this week’s acquisition of 34 acres on Rogers Island, on the upper Hudson River in Fort Edward.

The village and town of Fort Edward closed on the $450,000 purchase Wednesday, ending a decade-long effort to get the property into public ownership. The parcel was owned by a Long Island businessman.

Local officials plan to turn the property into a public park.

Rogers Island was part of England’s largest fortification during the French and Indian War. It was also the base for Rogers’ Rangers, frontier scouts who fought for the British. The island is considered the birthplace of today’s U.S. Army Rangers.

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