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Hell’s Acres in the Taconic Mountains

a new york minute in history podcastIn this episode of A New York Minute In History Podcast, State Historian Devin Lander and Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts inform the story of Boston Corners, also called Hell’s Acres, which as soon as belonged to Massachusetts, however was ceded to New York State by an act of Congress in 1855.

The space, now a part of the Town of Ancram, Columbia County, was distant in the mid-Nineteenth century and arduous to entry from Massachusetts, whereas New York officers had no jurisdiction there. As a consequence, it grew to become a haven for criminal activity, together with an unlawful boxing match in 1853 that drew an estimated 3,000-5,000 spectators to an space with a inhabitants of 61.

This episodes visitor is Rich Rosenzweig, screenwriter {and professional} drummer

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