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Fort Edward (T)

Fort Edward is a town in Washington County New York, United States. It is part of the Glens Falls, New York Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the town was 5,892 as of the 2000 census. The town of Fort Edward has a village named Fort Edward within the town. The town is on the west border of the county, and is the county seat of Washington County.
Fort Lyman, constructed in 1755 during the French and Indian War by General Phineas Lyman, had its name changed to Fort Edward by Sir William Johnson in 1756 for King George II's grandson Prince Edward, a younger brother of the later King George III. The town of Fort Edward was established in 1818.
Fort Edward has been strategically important during its long and illustrious history, for it commands the Hudson and Champlain Valleys. The Indians called the area around Fort Edward Wahcoloosencoochaleva, which means The Great Carrying Place, as the Hudson River is no longer navigable to the north. This unique location meant that the area was destined to be settled and fortified early. 
These important transportation routes have facilitated the development of several industries that are operating in the area today. These industries include Scott Paper Company's packaged products division, Decora Corporation, a producer of plastic products and contact paper. Pallet's Incorporation, a manufacturer of wooden pallets, Fort Miller Corporation, a maker of a variety of products including concrete vaults and drainage receptacles General Electric, which manufactures capacitors here Doty Machine Works does custom machine shop work Naco provides recyclable paper stock to area paper manufacturers
The west town line is defined by the Hudson River and is the border of Saratoga County, New York. US Route 4 follows the course of the Hudson River along the west side of the town. The Champlain Canal passes through the northern part of the town. In the town the population was spread out with 24.4 percent under the age of 18, 7.6 percent from 18 to 24, 28.8 percent from 25 to 44, 22.9 percent from 45 to 64, and 16.3 percent who were 65 years of age or older. The sense of the town community and intergenerational family friendly town is refreshing and unique. With other adjacent towns, it is a great alternative for residence.

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