Jane McCrea

Stories of McCrea’s death quickly became part of American Folklore. An anonymous poet wrote “The Ballad of Jane McCrea” that became a popular folksong. In 1799, Rickeett’s Circus performed “The Death of Miss McCrea,” a pantomime co-written by John Durang. In Philadelphia, Johhn Vanderlyn painted “The Death of Jane McCrea” in 1804. James Fenimore Cooper described similar events in his novel “The Last of the Mohicans.” A historical marker indicates the spot where many believe that McCrea was originally buried on the west side of Route 4/32, south of Fort Edward.

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